Niger govt to eradicate rabies against human
From Rashidat AbdulRahman, Minna
The Niger state Government has assured that it will take all necessary measures to ensure the protection of life of the people of the state against Rabies.
The Governor of Niger sate Muhammed Umar Bago stated this at the flag-off ceremony of the Annual Anti-Rabies Vaccination Campaign and handing over of refrigerated cold van for meat in the State.
The flag off ceremony took place at Niger state ministry of livestock and fisheries
The Governor emphasized on the need to raise awareness and ensure the safety of pets and human lives.
Accirding to him, the launch of the vaccination campaign is intended to serve as a proactive step to eradicating rabies from our homes.
Speaking Earlier, Ahmadu Zagi the state coordinator federal ministry of Agricultural Rural Development in collaboration through REDISSE with the state ministry of livestock and fisheries resource is intensifying it’s efforts towards clamping down on stray dogs roaming the streets without ownership.
“accordingly, this is in line with the provision of the dog control laws and the animal disease control act of 2022 as amended”.
He said the state had witnessed increasing cases of dog bites in recent times, with an average of 4-5 cases reported monthly with more than 95 percent of this dogs are found to be unvaccinated.
“It raised concern with the state particularly as most of the victims are found below 20 years of age and within Minna metropolis”he said.
He disclosed that the federal government, through REDDISSE has secured and supported the state with thousands of doses of ARV, and other vaccines, water for injection, syringes and green cards.
Also Speaking, the permanent secretary ministry of livestock and fisheries Dr. Ibrahim Garba Musa said that the ministry is set to
empower our communities with knowledge about the disease, it’s symptoms and necessary steps to take in case of exposure.
In their separate goodwill messages, permanent secretary, ministry of health Dr. Muhammed Gana, representative chairman traditional butchers said the multisectoral and transdisciplinary approach working together at the local, state, national and global level with the goal of achieving people, animals, plant and their shared environment, urging that the campaign is well implemented.