MORE than 300 dogs and cats have been vaccinated in Iramba District, Singida Region, to combat rabies in the area.
It is a continuation exercise carried out by the Dar es Salaambased Education for Africa Animal Welfare Organisation (EAAW) which is involved in animal welfare, educating the community on animal rights, care and treatment. The NGO ran a similar exercise last year.
According to Iramba District Livestock and Fisheries Officer, Dr Dotto Thomas, rabies is a complicated challenge facing the world due to its effects on human beings whose lives are always in danger after being bitten by a dog or cat infected with the virus.
The doctor noted that rabies treatment was expensive and in Tanzania it was provided in some hospitals only while dispensaries and health centres, especially in rural areas, lacked the service, to the detriment of rural dwellers’ lives.
He said in response to the problem, the NGO in collaboration with the district authorities had organised a two-day vaccination exercise in Kiomboi before embarking on to the entire district and later to Mkalama.
Some primary school pupils interviewed in Kiomboi Town expressed their delight over the exercise, saying straying dogs were a threat to them while parents urged the community to value and care for their animals by providing them with all necessary services.
EAAW Chief Executive Officer Ayubu Nnko called on all Tanzanians in the country to ensure they provided their dogs and cats with all necessary services, including annual vaccinations, taking them to veterinarians for regular check-up to control rabies.