Thursday, March 21

Anti-rabies vaccination event gets overwhelming response

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The anti-rabies vaccination programme at Stampin Community Association Hall receives overwhelming response from dog owners.

KUCHING: A free mass anti-rabies vaccination programme held at Stampin Community Association Hall in Kampung Stutong Baru here yesterday received overwhelming response from dog owners.

The programme which ran from 9am-2pm saw 320 dogs vaccinated where each dog was also given a numbered collar from Sarawak Department of Veterinary Service (DVS).

Sarawak DVS veterinary officer Dr Jackie Peter said similar programmes were also held in Bau and Lundu yesterday where five teams were sent to each village to carry out the vaccination from house-to-house.

“For today’s (anti-rabies) programme, we targeted those who bring their dogs to the hall for their first or second vaccine dose,” he said.

On Tuesday, six people were bitten by a dog at Hui Sing Commercial Centre here with the carcass of the dog yet to be recovered after being beaten by members of the public.

On another note, Dr Jackie said that a rabies app is in the midst of being developed which will contain information of dogs including names of pet owners and their place of residence.

“Based on the dog collar number (to be included in the app), we can trace who the owners are, their place of residence and whether the dogs have been vaccinated or not.”

Dr Jackie added that dog bite cases reported by medical doctors via the rabies app will also mean that DVS will be duly informed of such cases and investigate further.

The date for the app launch however has not been confirmed yet.