The 28th of September is celebrated as the “International Day for Universal Access to Information“. It focuses on highlighting the various statutes and policies formulated to guarantee the public for saving lives, building trust, especially in the times of COVID-19. With easy access to information, any individual can make informed decisions. It is also enshrined as one of the fundamental rights under the Indian Constitution. These days, the media plays a crucial role in this regard. Only when citizens know governance can they hold the government accountable for their actions and decisions. This right is bound, as is the right to freedom of the press.
On the same day, “World Rabies Day” is celebrated. This day aims at increasing awareness about rabies prevention and control effects across the world. According to a World Health Organization report, around 20,000 deaths occur in India each year due to rabies. Rabies is a zoonotic disease transmitted from animals to humans. It is necessary to get vaccinated to prevent rabies. Immediate medical attention is required if beaten by any animal or exposed to an animal suspected of having rabies.