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More pets are being vaccinated
Tarikh : 02 Feb 2018  Sumber Berita: The Borneo Post

More pets are being vaccinated

Pet owners registering for the free mass anti-rabies vaccination.

A pet owner getting her dog vaccinated.

SIBU: People’s awareness of the deadly rabies disease has increased tremendously as seen by the increasing number of dogs vaccinated in Sibu division.

A total of 501 dogs were vaccinated at the parking space near Farley Supermarket here yesterday. The dogs belonged to 270 owners who brought their pets for the free mass anti-rabies vaccination programme.

The Borneo Post yesterday observed that pet owners were forming a beeline as early as 9am to register for the programme.

Assistant Minister of Housing and Public Health Dr Annuar Rapaee, who was pleased to note the good turnout yesterday, said: “People’s awareness on the deadly disease has increased tremendously and this has prompted them to get their pet dogs vaccinated.”

Dr Annuar, who is also Assistant Minister for Education and Technological Research, said the number of dogs vaccinated yesterday was a sharp increase from the recent two-day programme in Sibu Jaya where only 367 dogs were vaccinated.

He noted good response from longhouse residents where 137 dogs were vaccinated on Jan 30 and 102 on Jan 31.

The Nangka assemblyman stressed that the latest human rabies case in Kuching was a stark reminder that nobody should ignore the risk.  He urged the public to be vigilant always because the deadly disease was still out there.

Dr Annuar, who heads the rabies control team, urged the public to make good the free mass anti-rabies vaccination programme at Salim area here today (Feb 2) from 9am till 4pm.

The free vaccination programme covering 29 different locations in the division commenced on Jan 20 and will continue until Feb 28.

The mass vaccination is part of a two-pronged strategy implemented to keep this division rabies-free, while the other involved removal of strays.

For information about the programme location, members of the public can call 013-8077964 or 084-310808.