The vaccination of dogs and cats in Brong-Ahafo has not been encouraging as the Regional Office of the Veterinary Service Department has not been able to achieve the expected 10 per cent target in the past five years.
Dr Saviour Denueme, the Regional Director of the Service, said this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Sunyani.
He said within the five-year period, 8.5 per cent was the highest coverage obtained in 2014 while the rest also in percentage terms were 4.4, 5.0, 4.4 and 4.1 for 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 respectively.
Dr Denueme said out of the estimated 857,595 and 477,140 dogs and cats within the period under review, the Office was able to vaccinate only 67,289 dogs and 2,201 cats.
The total vaccination figures of both dogs and cats on a yearly basis were 20,929 for 2014; 2015 recorded 11,355; 2016 was 13,378; 2017 was 12,150; and 11,678 was recorded for 2018, he said.
Dr Denueme said apathy among owners of domestic animals in paying the GH¢10.00 vaccination fee and inadequate funding of the Office were some of the major contributing factors militating against the coverage target.
He appealed to environmental health and sanitation officers to assist by ensuring that owners of domestic animals would not leave them uncontrolled in the communities and help forestall the transfer of contagious diseases transmitted especially by dogs and cats.
On diseases outbreak in a number of animal farms in the region, Dr Denueme said the Office recorded 89 cases in 2018 and 119 in 2017 and cited gumboro, mange, rabies, new castle disease, tuberculosis and fowl pox as some of them.