Rabies raises its head once again

Rabies raises its head once again

Rabies raises its head once again

Written by Staff Writer

21 Sep, 2018 | 1:27 pm

COLOMBO (News 1st) – President of Public Health Inspectors Association, Upul Rohana said that rabies is likely to raise its head once again due to the failure to vaccinate dogs over the past two years. 13 rabies-related deaths were reported so far this year, while the total rabies related death last year was 23.

According to the data from the Public Health Inspectors’ Association, at least 100,000 dogs were vaccinated this year, however, recommendations from the World Health Organization say that 80% of the dogs in the country still have to be vaccinated.

According to the latest statistics, there are over two million dogs in Sri Lanka.

A Senior Official attached to the Ministry of Health said a cabinet paper was presented two years ago on moving the responsibility of vaccination to the Department of Animal Production & Health. The Official added the present situation had arisen due to the shortage of personnel to engage in the vaccinization process.

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