Senadin rep: Over 6,000 dogs in Miri vaccinated in 2023, no rabies cases so far in 2024

Lee (in red) speaking with a dog owner at the rabies vaccination programme at Taman Awam Miri on Feb 25. 2024.

By Tedong Rantayy

MIRI, Feb 25: A total of 6,510 dogs were vaccinated during various mass vaccination programmes conducted by the Department of Veterinary Services Sarawak (DVSS) in Miri division throughout 2023, says Senadin assemblyman Dato Sri Lee Kim Shin.

He added that for this year, Miri has not reported any rabies cases thus far.

“By vaccinating a large number of dogs, we are working towards creating a safer environment for both the community and the animals.

“This initiative not only protects the health and well-being of the dogs themselves but also helps prevent future outbreaks of rabies,” Lee said after visiting a mass vaccination programme held at Taman Awam Miri today.

Lee, also Sarawak Transport Minister, said the success of the vaccination campaign is a testament to the importance of proactive measures in controlling the spread of infectious diseases.

He added that Miri DVSS will also conduct and collect random samplings in their upcoming programme this March.

“To ensure the health and well-being of our canine companions, random samplings will be conducted as part of our preventive measures.

“These samplings will help us identify potential health risks or issues affecting our dogs. By collecting and analysing data from these random samples, we can proactively address any concerns and provide appropriate care and treatment as needed.

“Our goal is to keep our furry friends healthy and happy, and these random samplings are an important tool in achieving that objective,” Lee said.

The programme will be held from March 2-3 at Desa Senadin (near Nam Leong Supermarket) and March 9-10 at Dewan Dato Permaisuri, Permyjaya.

“Presently, DVSS Miri has collected three random samples on dogs for rabies, and it is an essential part of public health efforts to prevent the spread of this deadly virus,” he said, adding that the samples returned negative for rabies. — DayakDaily