As many as six rabies deaths have been reported at Punes Naidu Hospital so far this year. Of the 70 deaths in the state last year,at least 21 were reported at the hospital.
Addressing the media ahead of the two-day conference on the theme Towards Rabies Elimination by 2020 Progress,Constraints and Challenges that will begin on Friday at Hotel Hyatt Regency,Dr Pradeep Awate,state epidemiologist,said as many as 20,000 people have lost their lives in India due to rabies. Globally,55,000 have died due to the disease,he added. The conference is being organised by the Association for Prevention and Control of Rabies in India.
Dr Vikas Kshirsagar,one of the organisers of the conference and assistant professor in community medicine at B J Medical College,said experts in the field will deliberate on various issues pertaining to the disease.
Prof. Dr Shekhar S Rajderkar,Pro Vice-Chancellor,Maharashtra University of Health Sciences,will be the chief guest.