Nigeria Join the World to Commemorate the 13th World Rabies Day.
September 28 of every year is dedicated to awareness about rabies, a deadly viral infection of dog that is of zoonotic importance. Rabies is spread to people from the saliva of infected animals usually through a bite.
The World Rabies Day is an international awareness campaign coordinated by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control, a non-profit organization with headquarters in the United States. The day is a United Nations Observance and has been endorsed the World Health Organization and World Organisation for Animal Health.
The theme for the 2019 world rabies day is “Rabies: Vaccinate to Eliminate”. The Nigeria Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA) also commemorates the day yearly. This year, some branches of NVMA organized activities to mark the day and contributed to the global efforts to eradicate the disease. Livestonews correspondents captured some activities across Nigeria.
In Ibadan, Oyo State, the state NVMA rolled out a massive state-wide free anti-rabies vaccination exercise, to ensure Oyo State is rabies free. The general public, dog owners and keepers were encouraged to make their dogs available for the vaccination exercise, from the hours of 10am-3pm on Saturday, 28th September at the following centres: State Veterinary Hospital Complex, Mokola, Ibadan; Veterinary Teaching Hospital, University of Ibadan; Dr. Tessy’s Veterinary Clinic, Idi-Ishin GRA, Jericho; Veterinary Clinic, Federal College of Animal Health, Moor Plantation, Apata; Front-line Agro-vet Services, Agric Area, Ibadan; Bovea Veterinary Clinic, Akobo; Vet Arena Animal Clinic, Idi-Ape; Notochord Veterinary World, Ring Road, Ibadan and Precious Stone Veterinary Clinic, Old Ife Road, Ibadan.
NVMA Zamfara State chapter commemorated the 2019 Rabies day on Monday 30th September 2019 at the zonal veterinary clinic in Gusau, the state capital, where the teaming populace in the state were enlightened about the disease and also pet owners in the state had the opportunity to present their pets for free antirabies vaccination. The pet owners thronged the venue as early as 9.00 am and waited patiently for the commencement of the programme. Dr. Aminu Mohammed Bagudu, the officer in charge of the clinic made a brief opening speech at about 9.30 am to declare the day open. Thereafter, the dogs were alloted pet green book after which they were adequately restrained and general checks were carried out on the animals before administration of the antirabies vaccine. The pets were also administered dewormers and multivitamins to boost their immunity. The exercise came to close around 4pm after ensuring that all the pets presented to the clinic had received a shot of the antirabies vaccine. Veterinary doctors, Animal Scientist and veterinary assistants were all at the scene to make sure the process moves smoothly.
World Rabies Day takes place each year on September 28, the anniversary of the death of French scientist, Louis Pasteur who, with the collaboration of his colleagues, developed the first efficacious rabies vaccine. World Rabies Day aims to raise awareness about the impact of rabies on humans and animals, provide information and advice on how to prevent the disease in at-risk communities, and support advocacy for increased efforts in rabies control. LIVESTONEWS.