Over 300 Dogs Targeted For Vaccination In Eastern Equatoria State Counties

Ministry officials vaccinating a Dog in Torit. [Peter Lokale Nakimangole]

He said this move follows a widespread rabies outbreak among human beings resulting from biting by Dogs last year and early this year particularly in the named above counties.

According to the minister, the vaccination begins in Torit County and will revolve over to Ikwoto, Budi and Magwi Counties in that order.

Urbano said that his Ministry through its Director of Veterinary services and livestock development is expecting to receive 3,000 vaccines for rabies vaccination from the United Nations Food and agricultural Organization (FAO).

Acting Director of Veterinary Services and Livestock Development Quinto Asaye Alex explained that a widespread of Dog bites in the four targeted counties occurred posing fears among the communities saying the latest move by his Ministry seeks to end any upcoming threats.

He disclosed that last year, 200 cases of Dog bites were registered during the outbreak and he fears that this year may worsen further.

According to Asaye out of the 200 registered cases, 150 affected persons were treated from a private clinic known as Equatoria in Torit town while, some travelled to Juba, Kapoeta and East Africa but four of them who were infected unfortunately died.

Recommending the state government to approve killing of stray Dogs in order to minimize spread of rabies further, the leader is warning Dog owners to ensure proper management.

Reports say rabies accounts for about 55,000 human deaths annually worldwide with 95 percent of the human deaths occurring in Asia and Africa.

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