The Ashanti Regional Veterinary Office has revealed that Asante Akyem Agogo communities have recorded the highest number of rabies cases in the Ashanti region.
Most of the people in these farming communities have low-income jobs, hence the increase in rabies cases.
In this perspective, more than two hundred cats and dogs have benefited from a free vaccination exercise against rabies by the Ghana Veterinary Students Association (GVMSA) of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
The group, led by association president Opoku Banoh Johnson, vaccinated pets in five communities.
He hoped that this awareness would help reduce the number of rabies cases in the community.
“As veterinary students giving back to society what they have learned, we have decided to embark on this exercise in line with the WHO agenda of zero cases by 2030. For us, that means zero rabies by 2030,” he said.
Municipal veterinarian Dr. Angela Oforiwaa Agyei hoped the awareness will impact the lives of people and animals in these communities.
She urged them to undertake an annual vaccination exercise to avoid casualties.
“I expected to meet a lot of farmers but the situation was different when we arrived. The farmers had all gone to their different farms. We’ve done a lot and I think it’s okay.
“I will advise them to do an annual vaccination since rabies is a zoonotic disease, so it is good for dogs to be vaccinated every year,” she said.
Some residents were satisfied with the intervention.
“I learned that this disease is called rabies and I also learned about the symptoms. If I happen to see a dog suffer from it, I will know where to report it now. Those who are not there will also know from me when they come,” says Mary Ajargo, a 20-year-old resident.
“We don’t pray for bad things to happen, but all the dogs that have been taken to the farm will be well checked when they return and if any symptom is found we will know where to report it,” says Baaba Ali, also a resident. .
The exercise was supported by Multivet Ghana Limited, Reiss and Co Ghana Limited and Tema Animal Hospital Limited.