By Fatima Muraina
A total of 2, 000 dogs have so far been vaccinated during a week-long free dog vaccination exercise in a bid to eradicate rabies in Ondo state.
The State Director of Veterinary Services, Dr. Adebayo Ehinmowo disclosed this in a chat with The Hope in Akure, saying that the completion of the vaccination does not mean the end of campaign against rabies but the end of free vaccination in marking the World Rabies Day which was celebrated last week.
He said dog owners and chainers could still come to vaccinate their animals but would now pay N3,500 .
According to him, the Veterinary department of the state Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with the Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association have earlier had a road walk to sensitize the public on the dangers of the deadly rabies virus calling on the people to bring their dogs and cats for the free exercise to commemorate celebration of the world Rabies Day which holds on every September 28th.
Ehinmowo urged people not to be afraid of keeping dogs but to ensure that the dogs are vaccinated to avoid being associated with an infected one which could be transmitted to man if bitten by rabies-infected dog.