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Kebbi govt vaccinates 17,200 dogs to mark "World Rabies Day"

Kebbi govt has vaccinated over thousands of dogs to mark world rabies day
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Ernest Sunday

The government of Kebbi state said on Monday, September 28, 2020, that it had vaccinated over 17,200 dogs against rabies disease in the state to mark the 2020 World Rabies Day.

Kebbi State's Commissioner for Animal Health, Husbandry and Fisheries Aminu Dandiga disclosed this during an event organised by the state’s chapter of Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA) in Birnin Kebbi to celebrate the 2020 World Rabies Day.

According to the commissioner, Kebbi state has over 40,000 dogs, and the veterinaries have vaccinated 43 per cent of the dogs.

He disclosed that many of the citizens were attacked by dogs and recorded positive for rabies after test and that the affected individuals were given post-exposure prophylaxis.

“The most dreaded disease is rabies, especially as the state came under high attacks by high incidences of dog bites, some of which cases upon investigation, were found to be positive for rabies,” he said.

Aminu Dandiga commended the Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA) for their great work in seeing that infected individuals were treated and their good support in the state.

“I also wish to commend the efforts of our veterinarians, particularly the leadership and members of the NVMA, for blazing the trail innovatively.

“I thank them for ensuring that government policies and programmes, as related to the ministry, are given the necessary support to succeed,” he said.

The National President of Veterinary Council of Nigeria (VCN) Aishatu Abubakar-Baku revealed that most countries affected by rabies are developing countries, especially in Africa and Asia continent.

According to her, the disease has killed many people around the world, even though there are vaccines that can prevent it.

She said that the death cases are caused by “lack of a well-structured, resource supported, organised and effective rabies vaccination programme, as well as the low-level of awareness and international collaboration on the disease control efforts”.

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