Ogun Government Kicks-Off Mass Anti-Rabbies Vaccination

Ogun Government Kicks-Off Mass Anti-Rabbies Vaccination

Ogun State Government today, 2nd of june 2021 marks the beginning of an all-encompassing mass vaccination of dogs in Ogun State by the Veterinary Service Department of the Ministry of Agriculture to make feasible the goal of "zero human death from dog-mediated rabies in Ogun State". 

His Excellency, Prince Dapo Abiodun (MFR) approved logistics for the mass vaccination as complimented by World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), through the Federal Department of Livestock and Pest Control Services (FDLPCS) of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture. 

The enormous burden of human rabies in African region is no longer news. In Nigeria, approximately 55,000 people die each year from human rabies with rabid dogs accounting for about 94% of confirmed human infection. In Ogun State, since the last report of a rabid dog in Abeokuta metropolis, the State Government through the Veterinary department of the Ministry of Agriculture has been very proactive in curbing the outbreak. 

Rabies is present in more than 150 countries of the world, it poses a significant public health problem and records shows that about 40% of people bitten by suspected rabid animals are children under 15 years of age. However, it is a vaccine preventable disease thus making elimination possible and achievable. Human promotion for the prevention of dog bites, dog vaccination and post exposure prophylaxis of humans being the cornerstone of effective rabies control. 

All dogs presented at all Veterinary clinics in the State will be vaccinated against rabies at no cost to the owner of the pet from today the 2nd day of June, 2021. This public enlightenment and free mass vaccination programme hopefully will erode vaccine hesitancy and the misconception about vaccination especially of hunting dogs in this clime. We can dispel any myth about rabies vaccination to ensure everyone is protected and the disease is eliminated. We can also rif our communities of any fear of vaccination by sharing accurate facts and encouraging all Pete to be vaccinated. 

Present at the Occasion were; The Honourable Commissioner for Agriculture; Dr Adeola Odedina, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture; Dr Dotun Sorunke, Chief Veterinary Officer of the Federation represented by the State Head of Federal Department of Veterinary and Pest Control Services; Dr. Mrs Toyin Ayo-Ajayi, Director of Vetinary Services; Dr. Jolaoso, Former DVC FUNAAB and Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine; Prof. (MRS) Morenike Dipeolu, AIG Force Animal Branch, Abuja represented by CSP (DR.) Tajudeen Abati, Hunter Association and other Directors in the Ministry.

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