Ebonyi State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources says it will commence house-to-house anti rabies vaccination on dogs and cats at Izzi Local Government Area (LGA).
The Desk Officer of Animal Health in the area and staff of the ministry, Mrs Augustina Nwaojiji, said at the launch of the free anti-rabies vaccination campaign on Saturday in Iboko, Izzi LGA secretariat.
Nwaojiji said that the exercise is to ensure that a reasonable number of the animals are captured to prevent and eradicate rabies.
She commended the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health, among other sponsors, for the fight to eradicate rabies in the country.
`After the flag off, we will commence house-to-house vaccination. The free vaccine campaign is a welcome development and we appreciate all partners,” Nwaojiji said.
A farmer and veterinary expert, Mr Amos Nwaofoke, also commended the partners for the gesture and appealed for the sustenance of the programme to achieve the desired goal.
Nwaofoke recalled that there was such an initiative in 1984 in the local government area following an outbreak of rabies.
`’We were given such vaccine that year because of frequent cases of the disease and bites, when the state was still under the old Anambra,” Nwaofoke said.
The Director, Veterinary Services Department in the ministry of agriculture, Dr Ephraim Nwanga, encouraged staff and stakeholders in the area on the need for collaboration.
The Chairman of the area council, Mr Paul Nwogh, and the Head of Department, Agriculture in the ministry, Mr Sunday Ogaga, commended the organisations and the Federal Government for the free vaccine campaign.
According to Nwogh, the efforts to prevent and eradicate rabies in our society will not be in vain
“We promise to take the exercise to the villages by working with community leaders, ward-by-ward, to ensure that dogs and cats are captured,” Nwogh added. (NAN)