Dog owners in Sokoto have been urged to take their dogs to the nearest veterinary clinic in the state for vaccination.
“Government is rendering these services free to dog owners to prevent the spread of rabies to our populace,” Sokoto State Commissioner for Animal Health and Fisheries, Professor Abdulkadir Junaidu has said.
Speaking on the World Rabies Day,the commissioner noted that over 59,000 people die of rabies each year worldwide, with most of the cases recorded in Africa and Asia.
Prof Junaidu harped on the need to ensure vaccination of dogs, describing rabies as dangerous and more devastating than AIDS.
“We need to ensure that we protect our citizens. Most of the cases are
in Africa and Asia. Being in Africa, we felt there is the need to sensitise members of the general public to know that rabies is around and we need to protect ourselves against it,” he stated.
According to him, requisite arrangements had been made to ensure Sokoto is adequately covered.
“We want people to understand that once the animals are not healthy, society will never be healthy.”
Prof Junaidu pointed out that several diseases contacted by human beings have their sources from animals.
“So we need to protect the animals if we really want to protect ourselves.”