Indian Immunologicals Limited (IIL), a leading biologicals company, today organized free Vaccination Camps in over 170 centres across the country. The market leader in veterinary biologicals and one of the largest animals & human health players in India, IIL has been organizing these Vaccination and Rabies awareness camps at Veterinary dispensaries, NGOs and Veterinarians across the country every year on “World Zoonosis Day” which is observed every year on the 6th of July.
Around 50,000 doses of RAKSHARAB (anti-rabies vaccine) produced by IIL was administered free of cost in as many as 20 states and Union Territories through veterinary dispensaries, NGOs etc.
Diseases that transmit from animals to human beings are called Zoonotic diseases and 70% of all emerging diseases that affect humans are zoonotic in nature. In India, the occurrence of Rabies is prevalent and accounts for more than 90% of all zoonotic cases reported in the country. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates around 1.75 million dog bite cases every year causing around 59,000 deaths worldwide each year with the majority of cases (95%) taking place in Africa and Asia.
Dr.K. Anand Kumar, Managing Director, Indian Immunologicals Limited said, “IIL is truly a One Health company, playing a significant role in providing cost-effective tools for the control of various zoonotic diseases in the country including the dreaded Rabies. Working with various other stakeholders including the common public, IIL is determined to eradicate the disease.”
“Effective implementation of Swachh Bharat programme and preventive vaccination would vastly improve the health status of the country,” added Dr Prasanna Deshpande, Deputy Managing Director, Indian Immunologicals Limited.