On the day commemorated for World Rabies Day, the Kebbi State govt vaccinated 17,200 dogs. The dogs vaccinated were 43 percent of the total amount of dogs in Kebbi.

This is to curb the spread of rabies in Nigeria and put an end to the risk encountered by humans most especially dog rearers.

Kebbi State commissioner said that Kebbi State dog population amounted to over 40,000, out of which, 43 per cent were vaccinated.

The Kebbi Government on Monday announced that it vaccinated no less than 17,200 dogs against rabies.

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

He also disclosed that 87 persons were exposed to rabies disease and 79 had gotten post-exposure prophylaxis in 2019.

Mr Dandiga announced that the state government, via the Ministry of Animal Health, Husbandry and Fisheries had been at the lead of the fight against livestock diseases.

He also made it known that rabies is the most dreaded disease.

“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.

He applauded the governor, Atiku Bagudu, “for timely intervention and release of funds for rabies and anthrax control and containment, among others.”

“I wish to also 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.

Aishatu Abubakar-Baku, National President of Veterinary Council of Nigeria (VCN), explained that thousands of people and animals were dying every day around the world due to rabies, even though this deaths could have been avoided by 100 percent via treatment.

She also stated that the disease is greatly crucial in developing and resource deficient countries in Asia and Africa, including Nigeria.

She associated the aggravating situation of the disease in those countries to the “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”.

She said “as veterinarians, this year’s world celebration reminds us of the need to work toward ending rabies in the next 10 years (2030), through increased awareness in our communities.”

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