Anti-rabies campaign targets over 56,000 dogs in Makueni

The Department of Veterinary Services in Makueni County has released a programme to give the anti-rabies vaccination to 56,142 dogs in the area.

Head of Veterinary services Dr. Daniel Kisee said some 30,036 dogs were vaccinated in first phase of the programme which begun on July 22 and is expected to end on August 25, this year.

Speaking Thursday to KNA in his office, Dr. Kisee said his office hopes to have covered 70 percent of the canines in the initial stage while the remaining ones will be vaccinated in December, 2017.

We carry out the programme during holidays when schools have closed since learners are the ones who bring the dogs for the vaccination, he said.

He noted that Makueni is one of the counties in the country with a high prevalence of rabies and said that the programme that started in 2015 aims at eradicating the disease.

He called on residents to avail their dogs for vaccination in large numbers to eradicate the fatal disease in the area.

Dr. Kisee also noted that besides the mass vaccination, the department has also deployed four officers to respond to emergency cases when infected dogs attack.

We also create awareness and do surveillance for rabies across the county, he said. He decried lack of funds as one of the challenges affecting the programme and called for collaborative approach from relevant stakeholders.

Source: Kenya News Agency