Three-day rabies control campaign kicks off

The County Government’s department of Veterinary Services has today rolled-out a three-day mass dog vaccination and population control activity; as part of an anti-rabies campaign that aims to eliminate cases of human rabies.

Speaking today when he flagged off the event at Mifugo Complex, County Executive for Agriculture, Pastoral Economy and Fisheries Chris Aletia lauded the partnership behind the initiative where resources were pooled to carry out a robust anti-rabies campaign.

The activity brings together veterinary officers from the County Government, experts from the Kenya Veterinary Board (KVB), Vet Treks- an international foundation that offers support on animal welfare, private practitioners and organisations including VEDAMAN Consultants, Kenya Small and Companion Animal Veterinary Association (KESCAVA), African Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW) and Norbrook; in a public-private partnership model.

The CEC said the campaign to eliminate rabies infection as part of his Ministry’s animal health campaigns contributed to Governor Nanok’s priority of Food Security.

Director of Veterinary Services Dr. Benson Long’or said the County Government had embraced the spay and neuter technique of dog population control which was ‘a more humane way of controlling rabies which took care of animal welfare compared to dog baiting’.

He revealed that through capacity building training and with donation of surgical equipment, county veterinary officers now had the capacity to carry out continuous anti-rabies campaigns across Turkana. He said the department aims to strengthen the veterinary public health unit that he admitted was sometimes neglected.

According to Veterinary Services Deputy Director, Dr. Jane Akale, the team was targeting 300 dogs from Lodwar and its environs in the three days the activity will run.

KVB’s Senior Registration Officer Dr. Martin Muinde said the board supported the event as a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) requisite for the continuous registration of all veterinary surgeons and veterinary paraprofessionals in the country.

In the flag-off were Chief Officer Livestock, Veterinary Services and Fisheries Dr. Michael Eregae and Deputy Director-Administration Rachel Aroo among other staff in the Ministry.