Anambra State Govt Set to Eliminate Rabies by 2030

By Cynthia Igbokwe

In solidarity to World’s Free Anti Rabies Vaccination Campaign, 2021, the Anambra State Government and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture have kicks off free Anti Rabies Vaccination exercise in Anambra for the year 2021.

Fides gathered that the free vaccination flag-off which took place at the Veterinary Clinic, Amawbia, will go across the 21 local government areas of the state.

Declaring the event open, the State Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Nnamdi Onukwuba, said the campaign was a global commitment to eliminate human deaths from dog rabies by 2023 in Anambra and beyond.

Mr Onukwuba who was represented by the Director, Veterinary Service, Dr Basil Ideh, described rabies as a highly fatal viral disease affecting all warm-blooded animals that was usually transmitted through the bite of an infected animal or man.

While he commended the contribution of the federal government in boosting the already established routine in the state, he said the infection had a ninety-nine percent fatality rate if efficient post exposure treatment was not instituted early.

He therefore recommended that at least seventy percent of dogs should be vaccinated annually for three consecutive years to be able to break the transmission cycle of rabies and consequently eliminate the disease.

Mr Onukwuba called on the people of the state to avail themselves the opportunity to vaccinate their dogs and cats at no cost during the five-day vaccination campaign period.

Also speaking, the Chief Veterinary Officer of Nigeria/Director of Veterinary and Pest Control Services, under the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Olaniran Alabi, said despite the high fatality, the disease was 100 per cent preventable through mass Dog vaccination and