Lagos State Free Dog Rabies Vaccination Program
Lagos State Free Dog Rabies Vaccination Program

“The Lagos State Government has disclosed that no fewer than 1.5 million dogs will be vaccinated within the next two weeks, during the free anti-rabies vaccination campaign embarked upon to prevent deaths of animals in the State.

The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms. Abisola Olusanya stated this today at the flag-off of the vaccination campaign held at the palace of Oba Ayangburen of Ikorodu.

She noted that Lagos pioneered the campaign exercise in the country, stating that the vaccination would take place yearly for the next three years to be effective on dogs.

Olusanya observed that a lot of the dogs in the State are not registered or licensed hence a lot of rabid dogs could be on the prowl, stressing the need for vaccination to prevent rabies.

The Commissioner urged pet owners as responsible citizens to bring their dogs and cats for the exercise, noting that the State Government, being a responsive government, has made the exercise free of charge for the citizenry.

A pet owner with her pet at the Lagos state free rabies vaccination program that has commenced

She said: “Dogs are the major source of transmitting the dreaded rabies disease when unvaccinated. It is, therefore, imperative as a responsible and responsive government under the able leadership of Mr. Governor, Babajide Sanw-Olu, to champion the global goal of eradicating the disease, which is majorly curtailed through deliberate annual vaccination of our pets”.

“With an estimated 1.5 million dogs in the State, I hereby enjoin all individuals, corporate organisations, communities to collaborate towards more responsible dog ownership to curb the stray of animals in the environment”, Olusanya noted.

The Commissioner informed that the exercise would take place in the five divisions of the State including Veterinary Clinic, beside LASPOTECH Second Gate, opposite Access Bank, Odogunyan, Ikorodu; Veterinary Centre, Epe Local Government Compound, Orita Marun Epe; Veterinary Clinic, opposite Bethel Church, Beside Alesh Hotel Ajah and the Veterinary Clinic by Randle General Hospital, Benson Street, Surulere.

Lagos State free rabies Vaccination program
Lagos state free rabies vaccination program officials

Others are the Veterinary Clinic at Aiyedoto Farms Settlement, Agric Road, Ojo; Veterinary Clinic on Beach Road, Opposite General Hospital, Badagry and the Animal Hospital on Old Abeokuta Motor Road, beside LSADA’s Office, Opposite DSTV Office, Oko-Oba Agege.

Urging residents to ensure the registration and yearly vaccination of pets and other animals, the Commissioner said the enrolment could be done at government veterinary hospitals, clinics and government registered private animal health care centres.

Earlier, the Chief Veterinary Officer of Nigeria, Dr. Olaniran Alabi, noted that an estimated 70,000 people globally die of rabies every year, adding that less than five percent of dogs are vaccinated in Nigeria due to high cost of the vaccines.

Alabi, who was represented by Dr. Mairo Kachalla, revealed that the disease can be transmitted through the bite of an infected animal or man, with 99% fatality if efficient post-exposure prophylaxis treatment is not instituted early.

Lagos State Free rabies vaccination program. Cross section of dignitaries.

He said that rabies is a highly fatal disease affecting all warm-blooded animals but despite the high fatality, the disease is 100% preventable through mass dog vaccination and enlightenment campaigns, pointing out that dogs account for the highest percentage of human deaths resulting from rabies.

Dr. Kachalla said that the World Organisation for Animal Health(OIE) recommends that at least 70% of dogs should be vaccinated annually for three consecutive years in order to break the transmission cycle of rabies and, consequently, eliminate the disease.

According to him, rabies is one of the priority Transboundary Animal Diseases and has remained endemic in Nigeria since it was first reported in 1912.”

VetUpdates obtained this information from the Lagos State Government handle on facebook as posted on Tuesday, 16th February 2021 and it was also confirmed by one of the Veterinarians in the state.

We are aware that there is a campaign by the World Animal Health Organization (OIE) to end rabies globally by the year 2030.

https://www.oie.int/fileadmin/Home/eng/Media_Center/docs/pdf/Rabies_portal/Zero_by_30_Final_130618.pdf
Source: oie

Measures like this are means by which Nigeria can also be part of the goal. Austria, Bahrain, Germany, among others have declared their status as rabies free country as much as 19 years ago and till now still active on that status.

September 28 is always the date rabies awareness is globally created but the effort to end rabies is an everyday task.

Rabies still remains one of the deadly zoonotic diseases of dogs that can be transmitted to humans through dog bite from an infected dog and movement of the virus from the saliva of such infected dog into the blood of the victim. Up till date, it kills and has no cure but better prevented.

 

 

 

 

 

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