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World Rabies Day: Expert tasks veterinary practitioners on quality vaccines

By Félicia Imohimi

Dr Bala Muhammed, CEO of Blueblood Veterinary Service, called on practicing veterinarians to make quality vaccines available to animal owners to eradicate rabies in the country.

Muhammed gave this advice in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency Tuesday in Abuja, on the occasion of World Rabies Day 2021.

reports that World Rabies Day is commemorated each year on September 28 to raise awareness of the impacts of the viral disease and ways to prevent it.

This year’s theme is “Rabies: Facts, Not Fear”.

The day was also observed around the world to mark the anniversary of the death of Louis Pasteur, a French biologist, microbiologist and chemist who developed the first vaccine against rabies.

Muhammed urged practitioners to reduce vaccination fees at all times for pet owners, adding that such a move would allow the country to cope with the dreaded disease.

“Every year, we are reminded of the scourge, the dangers and the destruction of lives that rabies has brought in its tracks,” he said.

However, he identified rabies as a disease that is 100% preventable by vaccination.

He says immediate and thorough washing of rabies wounds with soap and water is crucial and can save lives.

Speaking on the topic, Muhammed noted that it was about enlightening people on how to deal with the threat of rabies.

“Wherever we are, we face the problems of lack of data, inadequate laboratory surveillance, uncoordinated mass vaccination programs and lack of political will from different levels of government.

“We should also face the problem of completely abandoning the stepwise approach to the elimination of rabies (SARE) as defined by the global government authorities of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Agriculture (FAO) and the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC).

“Government at national and subnational levels urgently needs to redouble efforts in awareness campaigns, routine vaccination and enforcement of laws that ensure responsible pet ownership,” he said. .

Muhammed said that as a small animal specialist he often sees more and more people bringing their pets for rabies vaccination.

He described this as a fact and a welcome development.

Muhammed said such a development ignores the unfounded fear that has led to a successful campaign for zero dog-transmitted rabies deaths by 2030.

According to him, facts are essential for raising awareness of the disease, preventing cases of rabies, having the animal population vaccinated and educating people about the dangers of rabies and how to prevent it. (www.news.com)

Source: NAN

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