Hornbill Unleashed

July 26, 2017

Stop causing panic about Putrajaya’s handling of rabies outbreak, Sarawak MPs told

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

Datuk Seri S. Subramaniam said that both his Ministry and the Veterinary Department has enough rabies vaccine stockpile for both humans and animals. ― Picture by Yusof Mat IsaHealth Minister Datuk Seri S. Subramaniam today urged opposition lawmakers from Sarawak to stop causing “panic” and creating a negative perception about Putrajaya’s handling of the rabies outbreak in the state.

After a couple of DAP MPs questioned the Health Ministry over an alleged lack of vaccine in the state, Subramaniam said the lawmakers should stop using the outbreak for political expediency and instead cooperate with the relevant authorities.

Subramaniam said that both his Ministry and the Veterinary Department has enough vaccine stockpile for both humans and animals.

Therefore, he added that the issue of vaccine shortage does not arise.

“We had brought about 8,000 vials (of vaccine) to Sarawak and so far only 2,000 of them were used,” he told reporters during a press conference at Parliament today.

“The Veterinary Department had also conducted 17,799 vaccinations on dogs up until July 20,” Subramaniam said.

Earlier today, DAP’s Stampin MP Julian Tan Kok Ping and Bandar Kuching MP Chong Chieng claimed that there is a shortage vaccinations in the state and that Putrajaya is not taking the outbreak seriously.

But Subramaniam said that the government is indeed taking the matter seriously.

“The public needs to realise that the government recognises the severity of this problem,” he said.

So far, five people have died due to the rabies outbreak, and 20 areas have been declared as rabies infected areas.


Source : The Malay Mail Online by  RAM ANAND


 

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