Mass vaccination launched to eradicate rabies by 2030

The government has rolled out a mass vaccination drive aimed at eradicating rabies in the country by the year 2030.

Chief Administrative Secretary for Agriculture Lawrence Emuhaka said rabies is a major health concern and causes the death of one person every hour globally.

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He noted that the program led by the Kenya Veterinary Association has received over 10,000 vaccines.

Speaking in Malindi, Emuhaka said during the vaccination exercise, livestock will also be dewormed.

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Kilifi CEC Member for Agriculture, Livestock, and Fisheries Dr. Luciana Sanzua said the county spends 15 million shillings annually to treat rabies.

She noted that animal health is important as it ensures a healthy society.

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The Kenya Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Eradication Council Chief Executive officer Dr. Pamela Olet called for coordination in dealing with diseases that are cross-cutting and affect both humans and animals.

  

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