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Over 2,000 dogs injected

KUNDANJI SINKOLONGO, Kitwe
THE Department of Veterinary Services in Kitwe has vaccinated 2,416 dogs against rabies, district livestock officer Frederick Ngwenya has said.
Mr Ngwenya said in an interview yesterday that the Department of Veterinary Services in Kitwe has been conducting routine dog vaccination exercises to prevent an outbreak of rabies in the district.
Mr Ngwenya said Kitwe has a population of about 14,500 dogs and 2,190 stray dogs.
He said it is important to ensure that more dogs are vaccinated to prevent an outbreak of rabies in the district.
He also said there is need to sensitise people on the importance of vaccinating their dogs against rabies.
Mr Ngwenya said the number of dogs being vaccinated in the district is too small compared to the population of dogs.
“There is need to sensitise our people on the importance of having their dogs vaccinated. The number of dogs we vaccinated last year is little compared to the population of dogs in our district,” he said.
He urged residents to take their dogs for vaccination to prevent an outbreak of rabies.
And Mr Ngwenya said Kitwe district did not record any fatalities attributed to rabies.




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