Rabies cases on the increase in Asante Akyem North District

Roland Attenang , Asante Akyem North District Veterinary Officer, has called on residents of Asante Akyem North, and its environs to take advantage of the local anti-rabies campaign to vaccinate their pets from December 28, 2020 to January 5, 2021.

Rabies is a zoonotic disease. That means the disease can be transmitted from animals to humans through a bite of an infected animal.

The Veterinary Services Unit in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture and the Asante Akyem North District Assembly is organizing the ‘anti-rabies campaign to end rabies.

Roland Attenang in an interview with the Adanse3 FM said they had targeted to vaccinate over 4000 dogs in the District.

He said rabies had a 100 percent fatality rate, adding that to prevent such casualties, pet owners must vaccinate their animals disclosing that “over the years, the incidence of rabies cases is increasing within the enclave and the only way to prevent its spread is to vaccinate our pets”.

He said during the campaign, his office would vaccinate an animal at a subsidized fee of GHS25 at the some designated places including Hwidiem, Agogo New town, Bontodiase, Zongo, Gyideim, Ahenebronum and other places.

Mr. Attenang urged pet owners not to downplay the effect of having a rabid animal at home, disclosing that one death had been recorded in Dome.

The Veterinary Unit in Asante Akyem North District, according to him, confirmed rabies cases in 54 dogs in 2108

A total of over 93 dog bite cases were recorded in the District this year.

He reminded hospitals and pharmacies to refer dog bite cases to the veterinarians in accordance with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommendations, explaining that it was their duty to examine and study the dog for rabies diagnosis, and give medics the needed information on treating a victim.

He added that when found that the animal had rabies, the victim would receive a course of rabies vaccine, while those who might have been exposed to a rabid animal were expected to be administered with post-exposure prophylaxis.

Mr. Attenang stressed that it was cheaper to vaccinate the animals against the rabies disease than to treat a person who might have been bitten by an infected animal or exposed to one.

It cost over GHS1, 000 for a rabies treatment course, he said.