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Veterinarian urges owners to get dogs vaccinated

The Chairman of the  National Veterinary Medical Association, Ebonyi chapter, Dr Nwenyi Okoro, has advised dog owners to ensure regular vaccination of their dogs to prevent the spread of rabies.

Okoro gave the advice in an interview in Abakaliki on Saturday, while speaking on the World Rabies Day celebration, observed every September 28 across the globe.

He said that it was far better to vaccinate dogs in order to prevent rabies infection than the treatment of an infected person.

Dr Okoro, who is also the Head, Veterinary Public Health, Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Ebonyi, described rabies as a vaccine-preventable viral disease.

He said that vaccination and constant public awareness campaign were key to the eradication of the disease.

The veterinarian advised the public to update vaccination of their dogs and report cases and suspected animals with unusual behaviour to the Veterinary Service Centre and Units in the state for intervention.

He appealed to governments and non-governmental organisations, colleagues in human and public health and animal health professionals, to form a synergy and work for rabies awareness and control.

The Doctor called for the support of the law enforcement agencies, community-based organisations, social mobilisation groups, animal health workers, partners and media.

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