DVS Sarawak launches Sarawak Rabies app to trace, manage rabies

A poster informing of the Sarawak Rabies App. Photos credit: Sarawak Disaster Information Facebook page

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, June 24: The Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) Sarawak has launched the Sarawak Rabies mobile app to track rabies infections and help monitor and manage the deadly disease in Sarawak.

According to the Sarawak Disaster Information Facebook page today, one of the Rabies App’s main objectives is to control rabies cases through effective traceability.

The mobile app will also be used to optimise registration and information management for dog owners and encourage public engagement and effective information dissemination.

The Rabies App has four features: owner and pet management, animal vaccination and monitoring, animal bite data management, and information dissemination.

The mobile app is available for download on Google Play Store for Android users, the App Store for iOS users, and Huawei AppGallery for Huawei users.

Meanwhile, Sarawak’s fight against rabies is still ongoing since the outbreak was declared in 2017.

As of today, a total of 72 areas in Sarawak have been declared as rabies-infected areas.

The DVSS has also continuously carried out vaccination programmes in collaboration with various stakeholders, including local governments across the State, to rid the deadly disease and meet Sarawak’s target of achieving zero rabies in dogs by 2025.

Today, DVSS held a mass vaccination, dog licensing, and microchipping programme at the Jakar Public Library in Sarikei.

A similar programme will also be held tomorrow (June 25) in Kuching at the SJK Chung Hua car park in Sg Tapang Hilir, Batu Kawa (9am-3pm); in Sarikei at Village Coffee Shop, Jalan Nam Kiew (10am-4pm), and Miri at Miri City Council’s field, Jalan Padang (9am-4pm).

DVSS also encouraged pet owners to bring their dogs to the nearest DVSS office during office hours to get their dogs vaccinated. — DayakDaily

DVSS will be holding a rabies vaccination programme at Batu Kawa on Saturday.