South Sudan jabs dogs to prevent spread of rabies

The Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries has launched a campaign to vaccinate more than 2,000 dogs in the capital in a bid to reduce the spread of rabies, local media has reported.

The seven-day campaign – which kicked off in Juba in Central Equatoria State – will also roll out in four more regional states in an attempt to eliminate the disease.

The Minister of Livestock and Fisheries said most South Sudanese people neglect dogs and do not look after them well, according to a quote in the No.1 Citizen English daily newspaper.

“We are keeping dogs as our enemies which is not good because there is no need for that,” Onyoti Adigo Nyikwec said.

He added that the campaign to vaccinate thousands of dogs is essential for the prevention of animal diseases – a step that he said was also vital for human health.

The minister urged veterinarians to carry out a nationwide jab drive in line with the global action aimed at eliminating rabies by 2030.

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