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The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries(MAAIF) and OIE-World Organisation for Animal Health marked the World Rabies Day Celebrations with free vaccination of dogs and cats within Wakiso District and other districts across the country.
The World Rabies Day is celebrated globally on the 28th day of September in a bid to raise awareness on Rabies and the dangers that come with it, and this year Uganda moved with a theme: End Rabies Through Stakeholder Collaborations, Dog and Cat Vaccinations.
During the celebrations held in Kyengera Town Council in Wakiso District, Minister of state for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (Animal Industry), Bright Rwamirama indicated that the ministry is moving to end Rabies across the country by 2030.
“The members of the public should always seek help to remove stray animals when necessary, contribute to population control by presenting cats and dogs for spaying and castration, once again I would like to urge all stake holders and members of the public to play their roles in eventually eradicating Rabies.” Hon.Bright Rwamirama says
According to the Wakiso District Deputy Chairperson, Betty Ethel Naluyima, the Government needs to create more avenues for dissemination of information on Rabies and as well provide days on the national calendar for vaccination of Dogs and Cats, with such efforts Rabies will be ended.
“We are still facing the problem of stray dogs, that steams from irresponsible pet owners” says Angella Zawedde a senior Veterinary Officer in Kyengera Town Council, which is a hotspot for the Rabies virus.
“Stray dogs that move about in pursuit of what to eat and drink and end up reigning harm on the locals, we continue to caution dog owners to take full responsibility of the animals, they should put the animals under restraint to keep the community safe.” Angella Zawedde says
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