Sep 26, 2018

Rabies raises its head again Featured

Rabies is raising its head again due to the vaccination of dogs not taking place properly in the past two years, says president of the Public Health Inspectors Association Upul Rohana.

He says 13 deaths due to rabies were reported this year so far, as against 23 deaths in the previous year.

According to him, more than 100,000 dogs had been given vaccines this year.

However, WHO standards want at least 80 per cent of the country’s two million population of dogs vaccinated in order to curb rabies, he says.

When contacted, a Health Ministry spokesman said the Department of Animal Production and Health has been entrusted with vaccinating the dogs.

He said a shortage of officials is disrupting the vaccination efforts.

There has been a considerable increase in the number of stray dogs in the country.