Delta Government says it is committed to funding veterinary public heath activities as it targets immunisation of over 5,000 dogs across the state this year. Mr. Julius Egbede, Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, stated this on Monday while inaugurating the state yearly free immunisation programme against rabies in dogs and cats in Asaba.
According to Egbedi, one of the policy thrust of the state government is the promotion of public health.
He, however, called on the dogs and cats owners to promptly immunse their pets and report any case of dog bite immediately to any veterinary office in the state for immediate attention, to prevent deaths.
Earlier, Dr. Charles Diai, Director of Veterinary Services in the ministry, said that the programme inauguration was aimed at eliminating rabies and other related animal diseases before 2030.
Some dog owners who at the event, thanked the state government for the free immunsation programmean.
They called on others to take the advantage of the gesture to immunise their pets.
The highpoint was the vaccination of the dogs by the commissioner, Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Sir Ausrin Oghoro, and the Federal Director, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr Felix Kehis.
The free vaccination which commenced on Monday, will end on Nov. 30, across the state.