Tanzania has launched an anti-rabies vaccination campaign in the northern region of Kilimanjaro, authorities said on Tuesday.

Martin Ruheta, Director of Veterinary Services in the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, said the move is part of the country’s efforts to eradicate deaths caused by rabies.

He said that on average, Tanzania loses 1,500 people every year to rabies, a lethal disease caused by bite from infected dogs, cats or some wild carnivals like hyenas and wild dogs.

According to him, the campaign is carried out with technical support from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

He said besides humans, the disease also affects livestock and other mammals, making it necessary to vaccinate all dogs and cats in the neighborhood so as to avoid economic and social losses.
Tanzania’s Deputy Minister of Livestock and Fisheries, Abdallah Ulega, called upon all Tanzanians to vaccinate their animals.

“It is by far cheaper and economical to invest in disease prevention through vaccination than treating infected humans,” he said. Enditem


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.