Rabies kills four people in Gombe
Story from Najibullahi ADAMU, Gombe
Not fewer than four people have died and many in critical health conditions as a result of the outbreak of rabies in Dukku local government area of Gombe State in the last two years.
Chairman of the Dukku local government, Honourable Jamilu Ahmed Shabewa, disclosed this on Wednesday during the flag-off of the nationwide mass anti- rabies vaccination organised by the federal ministry of agriculture, states ministries of agriculture in collaboration with USAID Breakthrough Action Nigeria.
He said the victims were bitten by dogs in the area, saying those who have dogs like hunters and lovers of dogs as pets should vaccinate them so that they would not contract the disease and infect people.
While thanking the organisers for choosing the local government to flag off vaccination, the chairman appealed to the minister of agriculture and partners for collective efforts to eradicate the deadly infectious disease in the area.
“Before I set the ball rolling, may I intimate you that choosing Dukku local government for 2022 flag off of mass anti-rabies vaccination campaign was done at the right time because for the past two years, our local government had recorded high cases of rabies which claimed four lives and many people with degree of injuries from dog bites.
“Therefore, this campaign which is to raise awareness among various stakeholders could go a long way in controlling the menace”, he said.