Hornbill Unleashed

July 7, 2017

Sarawak assistant minister urges action against stray dogs over rabies scare

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

Due to a rabies outbreak, Dr Annuar Rapaee called on local authorities to act against stray dogs in the effort to prevent people getting bitten by the canines. — Picture by K.E. OoiA Sarawak assistant minister has called on local authorities in the state, which is facing a rabies outbreak, to act against stray dogs in the effort to prevent people getting bitten by the canines.

Assistant Minister of Housing and Public Health Dr Annuar Rapaee, interacting with the public on the Nangka State Assemblyman’s Facebook account last night, agreed to a call for an integrated effort to solve the problem of stray dogs in residential areas.

In the wake of the rabies outbreak in Serian that resulted in the deaths of two young siblings, netizens have expressed fear of dog attacks.

Dr Annuar advised the people to keep their residential areas clean and free of food waste.

“We have deliberated on this. We agree that stray dogs need to be eradicated. But this will create a vacuum for other dogs to come if the food waste is still available for them. Dogs are very territorial,” he said, and added that the efforts needed both the authorities and public to work together.

The Nangka assemblyman also said that at the moment, the highest number of dog attacks occurred in Sibu but he did not disclose any figures.

Annuar said vaccination of cats and dogs was being carried out within a 10-km radius of the rabies-infected village of Kampung Paon, Sungai Rimu Bakung, in Serian.

Only those humans who have been bitten by cats or dogs suspected to have rabies would be vaccinated while efforts were also being made to prevent the disease from spreading elsewhere, he said.

Source : The Malay Mail Online by Bernama



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