Sekyere East District launches anti-rabies campaign
An anti-rabies campaign has been held at Effiduase in the Sekyere East District, barely two months after two siblings who were bitten by a puppy in the town were diagnosed of the disease.
The children from six and 13 years were treated at the Effiduase Government Hospital.
Examination by veterinary officers confirmed the puppy has rabies.
The campaign formed part of the Ashanti Regional celebration of this year’s World Veterinary Day, on the theme: “Vaccination to prevent and protect.”
One hundred and eighty-four (184) dogs and cats were vaccinated free of charge during the event, which was jointly organised by the Ghana Veterinary Medical Association and the Veterinary Medical Technicians’ Association of Ghana.
Dr Albert H. K. Kwansah-Filson, Regional Veterinary Officer, said rabies, a fatal disease for dogs is preventable through vaccination.
He said the nation could not afford to lose any of its citizens through such painful yet totally preventable disease.
He said the time for real action is now and that all should help in the “mass vaccination of companion animals”.
Dr Kwansah-Filson called for more support from the metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies in the fight to prevent the disease.
Mr Solomon Adjei-Mensah, Sekyere East District Chief Executive, pledged the assembly’s readiness to provide the needed assistance to the anti-rabies vaccination exercise.