SMC ups the ante in anti-rabies operation after another dog bite case

A child sustained dog bite wound in the latest case.

SIBU, April 3: Another child has been attacked by a dog in Salim-Stabau area, prompting the Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) to up the ante in its anti-rabies operation.

SMC chairman Clarence Ting, in his Facebook posting, said he has informed the relevant authorities on the new case, as it happened in Sibu Rural District Council (SRDC) area.

He added that he came to know of the case from a longhouse chieftain in the area.

On March 8, a five-year-old girl from Kampung Sentosa was bitten by a dog. She died on March 26 due to rabies.

Following the death of the five-year-old girl, SMC Enforcement Unit has incorporated efforts to instil greater awareness of the public on the danger of rabies.

“This is done in addition to the daily dog catching exercise conducted on-site by our public health Stray Dog Catching team,” Ting said.

SMC Daily Covid-19 Inspection Team headed by its Enforcement officers have also distributed flyers on eradicating rabies, especially at pharmacy and supermarket outlets, while checking on social distancing requirements during the movement control order (MCO), he added.

“This two-prong approach will hopefully bring about better utilisation of resources during this challenging time,” he continued.

Today, SMC carried out rabies awareness campaign, while inspecting two major supermarkets, three major business outlets, as well as three coffee shops at Salim areas.

“Today, the dog unit is conducting strays catching at Seduan area. The staff has elected to use tranquilliser guns,” he said.

Ting urged the public not to interfere with its dog units conducting its operation.

“Yesterday, when our dog unit was doing operations at Rejang Park market, there was a lady who tried to stop them from carrying out their duties. I urge those public not to interfere as this is against the law, obstructing public officers carrying out their duties.

“For that case the police had to intervene,” he said. — DayakDaily

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