7) Impt. Padma awardees (& their work) - OMESH KUMAR BHARTI
Jan. 30, 2019

Padma Shri : In the field of Medicine ( Cost effective anti- Rabies treatment). 

Dr. Omesh Kumar Bharti has developed Rabies Immunoglobin (RIG), a cost effective anti-Rabies serum to be injected around the wound of the victim  to treat Dog, Monkeys and Bat bites or sctratches. This innovative method has been recognised by the WHO. 


  • Rabies is an infectious viral disease that affects nervous system. It is almost always fatal following the onset of clinical symptoms. 

  • In up to 99% of cases, domestic dogs are responsible for rabies virus transmission to humans. Yet, rabies can affect both domestic and wild animals. It is spread to people through bites or scratches, usually via saliva. 

  • Rabies is present on all continents, except Antarctica, with over 95% of human deaths occurring in the Asia and Africa regions. India records over 20,000 deaths every year.