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Veterinary offers vaccination against rabies

Jan 21, 2010, 4:46 PM | Article By: Binta Fatty &A Nyockeh

The Deputy Director of Animal Health and Livestock Services, Dr Kebba Daffeh has revealed that currently Antirabies vaccines are available and that his department is offering free vaccination of dogs against rabies. These drugs, he stated in an interview with our reporter, are being provided by the Horse and Donkey Trust Organisation.

Dr. Daffeh noted that this followed an outbreak of rabies last June, when two dogs died as a result of suspected rabies, prompting his department to send a report to this organisation to solicit support for the control of rabies. This request, he said, has received positive feedback by the organisation that assisted them with anti-rabies vaccines.

According to Dr. Daffeh, the Horse and Donkey Trust has in the past been very supportive to his department with regards to the control of African horse sickness. He described the disease as very serious and preventable.

Dr. Daffeh then thanked the Horse and Donkey Trust Organisation for their invaluable support to his department and the country at large. He also revealed that another organisation called Gambi Cat, a UK registered charity is working very closely with the Department of Livestock Services in The Gambia in the form of protecting the general population against rabies, through provision of free vaccination of dogs.

Ha also urged the public to bring their dogs for vaccination at Abuko as it is free of charge.