From Adamu Shehu, Bauchi
Now fewer than five thousand Dogs (5,000) are to be vaccinated within seven days, as rabies disease cases increased across the twenty local government areas of Bauchi State.
This was disclosed by the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Pharmacists Sama’ila Burga, during a launching of vaccination exercise held at the veterinary clinic
The commissioner who described rabies as a dreaded disease, said thirteen cases were recorded in the state between last year to February this year, adding that government noted with concern the prevalence of the disease hence the need to eradicate it completely.
“The state government has given three thousand dose, if you combine the two you have five thousand six hundred dose. In my district alone, we have over five thousand dogs, which means we still have a very long way to go”, he added.
Earlier, the state director, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Mohammed Yusuf, said twelve out of the twenty local governments in the state are at the high risk of dog bite.
The Director, who was represented tge state Chief of Epydimologist, Ezra James, confirmed that rabies disease is affecting both animals and human being as he urged dog owners to use the period to get their dogs vaccinated.
He said, “Cases of dog bite in Bauchi occurred in almost all the twenty LGAs, but the high risk areas is in twelve local governments area.”
The Director of veterinary services, Dr. Istifanus Yermeya, while commending the Federal Government, World Bank and Nigeria Center for Diseases Control (NCDC) for their support to the state in tackling rabies, appealed for more supply of the vaccine to meet the increasing demands.
“Owners should vaccinate their dogs annually against rabies, because it is already endemic in Bauchi State due to reporting incidences we are having”. he said.