Veterinary dept to prevent spread of animal diseases

Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, Minister of Food and Agriculture-designate

Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, Minister of Food and Agriculture-designate

The Deputy Brong-Ahafo Regional Director of Veterinary Services Department, Dr. Fenteng Danso, has noted that free and compulsory vaccination of domestic animals are the surest ways for Ghana to prevent the spread of animal diseases, such as rabies, anthrax among others in the country.

He said any such policy would be the basis for prosecution of people, who may flout directives aimed at preventing the spread of animal diseases.

Dr. Danso in an interview with The Ghanaian Times here in Sunyani, noted that Ghana was currently not doing well in terms of the rabies vaccination coverage, adding that the country is hovering around 8 per cent instead of 70 per cent coverage.

The Deputy Director, who is also the Zonal Epidemiologist for Ashanti and Brong Ahafo Regions, revealed that the elite in society were currently those patronising the vaccination of their animals, while the lower class were using poverty as an excuse to avoid the vaccination of their animals.

Dr. Danso disclosed that the Brong-Ahafo Region recorded three cases of rabies from January to October last year, and that three people, who contracted the disease were also treated and discharged.
He revealed, his outfit vaccinated 12,0926 dogs, 422 cats and 61monkeys last year.

Dr. Danso urged for a concerted effort to prevent the spread of domestic animal diseases, vaccinate the animals or get rid of animals with diseases.

He said 75per cent of human diseases are from animal origin, hence the need to take the campaign to prevent animal diseases seriously.

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