Written by Sarah NEGEDU

FCTA begins house-to-house vaccination of animals

In furtherance of the proactive approach by the FCT Administration to check the outbreak and spread of communicable viral diseases in animals, the Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat has kicked-off free House to House anti rabies vaccination exercise in the FCT.

The Director of Veterinary Services Department in the Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat, Dr. Regina Adulugba, made the disclosure at a meeting with Animal Health officials of the Secretariat to fine tune arrangements for the takeoff of the exercise.

She expressed worry that despite the efforts by the Secretariat to sensitise the public on the on the hazards of the rabies virus, the turn out in the veterinary clinics have not been impressive.

The new approach which according to her was approved by the Minister of State FCT, Dr Ramatu Aliyu will involve the deployment of Veterinary Doctors and other Animal Health officials to all the nooks and crannies of the FCT for the vaccination exercise.

In her words “This year’s exercise will commence as from Monday 10th to Friday 14th February, 2020 and I want to appeal to pet owners particularly dogs and cats to cooperate with our health officials who will be visiting their homes”

Adulugba who further warned that the virus has no cure, stressed the need for pest owners to take necessary precautionary preventive measures which is to regularly vaccinate the animals on a yearly basis.

Adulugba said some of the signs to look out for includes, hanging of the jaw in animals with saliva drooping from their mouths, reserved or photophobic action where the animals shield themselves from light, aggressive behaviors etc.

“An infected dog or cat can very easily transmit this virus either through biting or theirs saliva drooping. It is important to visit the nearest Veterinary clinic if one notices all the signs in their pets or are bitten by the pets. Our offices are located in all the six Area Councils of the FCT” Dr Adulugba warned.

She commended the Minister for the approving the timely release of fund to enable the

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