The Director Veterinary Services Works to End Rabies in Nigeria.
The Director Veterinary Services, Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources in Ebonyi, Dr Ephraim Nwanga has reached out to Nigerians and dog breeders for joint efforts to end rabies by 2030 via the vaccination of dogs.
Nwanga reached out to Nigerian and dog rearers on Saturday while on a dog walk in Abakaliki to commemorate 2020 World Rabies Day, conducted by the ministry in partnership with the Regional Disease Surveillance System Enhancement (REDISSE) Project of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) documents that the day is commemorated every September 28 to develop public awareness against rabies and the theme for this year’s World Rabies Day is “End rabies: collaborate, vaccinate”.
Nwanga announced that the year 2030 was targeted to end the disease due to the ailment rabies posed to dogs and human being when contracted.
He explained that rabies is a disease that can be transferred from animals, including bats, vampires and dogs, among others, to human being through bite.
He said: “Collaborate to vaccinate your dogs because it is 100 per cent prevention when you do.
“It is important to vaccinate your dog’s because a lot of people have died due to rabies bite and 2030 is being targeted to eradicate the disease in our society.”
According to him, the symptoms exhibited by a dog carrying rabies include: the paralysis of the legs, limbs, tail, salivating, trying to catch any moving objects and the dog would hardly drink water.
He urged dog rearers to take dogs with such symptoms to dog clinics for vaccination to curb the spread of rabies.
Nwanga applauded supporters for their help to guarantee safety and good health of society through vaccination.
He also commended the state chapter of the Nigeria Veterinary Medical Association for its assistance to the movement to end rabies by 2030.
Other dog rearers, like Casimir Anyanwu, Clement Obodo and Excellent Onyedikachi, appreciated the ministry for partnering with them to attain a rabies-free society.
“We want veterinary doctors and state government to make this event a regular exercise.
“They should organise seminars for breeders because we are lagging behind in the area of information in Ebonyi.
“This is our first time to attend a dog walk in the state and more needs to be done to develop it because dogs serve as a great companion at home and for security purposes,” they said.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria the week-long campaign included free deworming of dogs in the three senatorial zones of the state and lectures.