KUCHING, Dec 27: The Department of Veterinary Services Sarawak (DVSS) aims to vaccinate at least 40,000 dogs across the State next year in an effort to further reduce the spread of rabies.
According to a news report published today by the Sarawak Public Communication Unit (Ukas), DVSS director Dr Adrian Susin Ambud stated that a large-scale vaccination programme will be implemented, with more to follow in the future, to combat the spread of rabies in Sarawak.
“We will provide more free mass vaccinations and run programmes near the border with the Immune Belt Enforcement Team (IBET) from Sarawak Security and Enforcement Unit (UKPS),” said Dr Adrian.
He also reminded pet owners of the importance of yearly anti-rabies vaccinations for dogs.
“Owners are strongly encouraged to vaccinate their dogs annually against rabies in accordance with the Anti-Rabies Vaccination Order.
“Failure to do so is a violation of Section 40 of the Veterinary Public Health Ordinance, 1999, punishable by a fine of up to RM2,500,” he added.
Furthermore, Dr Adrian urged pet owners to licence their dogs, ensure their pets do not interact with unvaccinated animals, and be aware of rabies symptoms. — DayakDaily