In order to forestall the spread of diseases from infected animals, the Executive Chairman of Oto-Awori LCDA, Prince Musibau Adekunle Asafa in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Department of Veterinarian medicine has commenced the inoculation of dogs in the Council area.
The exercise which kicked-off yesterday at Ijanikin Town Hall as centre covering ward A and B will continue today with the centre at Shibiri Area Office for the coverage of Ward C, D and E.
This was contained in the L.C.D.A. bulletin received by our reporter
According to the Chairman who was represented by Mr Saka Hassan of the Agriculture and Social Services Department, protecting oneself from any havoc especially a sudden explosion of diseases is inevitable at this time.
In his words, rabies which is common among dogs’ saliva and bite must not be allowed to spread in our communities.
“We need to engage everyone in the council who one way the other keep dogs as pets to benefit from this free exercise so that we all can live a healthy life”, he said.
Responding on behalf of the State Ministry of Agriculture, the Head of Veterinarian Medicine, Dr Enebele mentioned that the essence of the exercise is to ensure that the transmission of rabies does not spread to humans.
In her submission, engagement of multiple sectors in community education, awareness programmes and vaccination campaigns are critical.
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According to the World Health Organisation(WHO), rabies is a vaccine-preventable viral disease; once clinical symptoms appear, it is virtually 100% fatal.
“In up to 99% cases, domestic dogs are responsible for rabies virus transmission to humans; it is spread to people and animals through bites and scratches via saliva”