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Residents in Upper East Region urged to vaccinate dogs against rabies

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The Director of the Veterinary Services Department in the Bongo District of the Upper East Region, Dr. Albert Aygapong Tweneboah, has made a passionate plea to residents and dog owners to prioritize the vaccination of their dogs against the deadly rabies disease.

According to him, rabies vaccinations for dogs not only safeguard the lives of their furry companions but also serve as a crucial barrier against transmission to humans.

He added that vaccinating dogs effectively breaks the chain of transmission and can eventually lead to the complete eradication of the disease in the region.

“Rabies is a deadly zoonotic disease that poses a significant threat to the people and animals of the Upper East Region. It’s our responsibility to protect our communities and pets from this fatal illness by ensuring that all dogs are properly vaccinated.”

Rabies, a viral disease that affects both animals and humans, is transmitted through the saliva of infected animals, primarily dogs. Once symptoms appear in humans, the disease is almost always fatal. This makes rabies a critical public health concern that demands immediate attention.

Dr. Tweneboah made this call to action on A1 Radio as part of efforts to observe and sensitize the public on World Rabies Day.

To achieve the goal of eradicating this deadly disease among pets in the region, Dr. Tweneboah indicated that there have been conscious efforts by the regional directorate of the veterinary services to raise awareness about rabies prevention.

He further stressed that they also organize vaccination campaigns and make vaccines easily accessible to all dog owners in the region, regardless of their location or financial status.

The director urged residents to take advantage of these initiatives and emphasized that rabies vaccinations are not just a matter of choice but a community obligation.

“The health of our families and the safety of our communities are at stake. Let us all play our part in eliminating this dreadful disease.”

This year’s World Rabies Day was under the theme “All for One, One Health for All.”

Source: A1Radioonline.Com|101.1MHZ|Moses Apiah|Bolgatanga

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