The Lagos State Government has said it will vaccinate 1.5 million dogs within the next two weeks.
The state government disclosed that the this will be embarked upon during the free anti-rabies vaccination campaign to prevent deaths of animals in the State.
The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms. Abisola Olusanya stated this on Tuesday, February 16, at the flag-off of the vaccination campaign held at the palace of Oba Ayangburen of Ikorodu.
She noted that Lagos pioneered the campaign exercise in the country, stating that the vaccination would take place yearly for the next three years to be effective on dogs.
Olusanya observed that a lot of the dogs in the State are not registered or licensed hence a lot of rabid dogs could be on the prowl, stressing the need for vaccination to prevent rabies.
The Commissioner urged pet owners as responsible citizens to bring their dogs and cats for the exercise, noting that the State Government, being a responsive government, has made the exercise free of charge for the citizenry.
She said: “Dogs are the major source of transmitting the dreaded rabies disease when unvaccinated. It is, therefore, imperative as a responsible and responsive government under the able leadership of Mr. Governor, Babajide Sanw-Olu, to champion the global goal of eradicating the disease, which is majorly curtailed through deliberate annual vaccination of our pets”.
“With an estimated 1.5 million dogs in the State, I hereby enjoin all individuals, corporate organisations, communities to collaborate towards more responsible dog ownership to curb the stray of animals in the environment”, Olusanya noted.
The Commissioner informed that the exercise would take place in the five divisions of the State including Veterinary Clinic, beside LASPOTECH Second Gate, opposite Access Bank, Odogunyan, Ikorodu; Veterinary Centre, Epe Local Government Compound, Orita Marun Epe; Veterinary Clinic, opposite Bethel Church, Beside Alesh Hotel Ajah and the Veterinary Clinic by Randle General Hospital, Benson Street, Surulere.
Others are the Veterinary Clinic at Aiyedoto Farms Settlement, Agric Road, Ojo; Veterinary Clinic on Beach Road, Opposite General Hospital, Badagry and the Animal Hospital on Old Abeokuta Motor Road, beside LSADA’s Office, Opposite DSTV Office, Oko-Oba Agege.
Urging residents to ensure the registration and yearly vaccination of pets and other animals, the Commissioner said the enrolment could be done at government veterinary hospitals, clinics and government registered private animal health care centres.