…Read the riot act for pet owners
THERE will be no room for rabies and allied infection anywhere in all the 181 communities in Anambra State by 2030.
Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Foster Ihejiofor, gave the warning while kicking off 2022 anti-rabies awareness campaign and free vaccination in the Veterinary Clinic, Amawbia, Awka South Local Government Area, recently.
Explaining that the campaign is a global commitment to eliminating human deaths from dog rabies by 2030 in Anambra and beyond, Ihejiofor said that government through the Ministry of Agriculture is holding the exercise in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Agriculture.
Ihejiofor also said that the campaign will be held across the 21 local government areas of the state to ensure that pet owners in the state bring their dogs and cats for free vaccination.
He warned dog owners in the state to monitor their dogs, noting that if any case of dog bites occurs, the owner of the dog will be charged to court for murder.
Earlier in his address, director of veterinary services, Ideh Basil, said that despite the high fatality, the disease is 100 percent preventable through mass dog vaccination and enlightenment campaigns as dogs account for 99 percent of human deaths resulting from rabies.
According to him, before now, the state government had been alone in the fight to eliminate the rabies virus in spite of the attendant huge cost through its annual vaccination campaign programme, adding that so far, the state had taken delivery of 3,500 doses out of a total of 4,100 doses of the vaccine allocated to the state for this year’s campaign.