Poor turnout for anti-rabies vaccination drive

  • Metro News
  • Monday, 20 Jul 2020

A dog owner registering her pet for vaccination.

SIBU: The anti-rabies vaccination drive has received poor response from dog owners.

Very few came forward to register and get a tag during the drive at a park in Grand Height here.

The tag entitles the owner to free vaccination for his pet.

Sibu municipal councillor Clarence Ting, who was at the drive, was upset over the low turnout.

The ongoing vaccination drive is jointly organised by the council and Sibu Veterinary Department.

“As at 10.30am on Thursday, there was only one registration for the whole morning, ” he said.

Ting was told by registration staff that dog owners felt it was not necessary to register their pets for the tag as they were kept at home.

Disappointed by the lackadaisical attitude of animal owners, Ting vowed to push for compulsory registration.

Nine more vaccination drives will take place from July 23 to Sept 18 at Permai Lake Gardens, July 28 and 29 at Civic Center, Aug 5 and 6 at Sungai Merah Heritage Walk, Aug 12 and 13 Uni-city carpark, Aug 18 and 19 at Hin Hua Memorial Park, Aug 26 and 27 at SMC library carpark, Sept 2 and 3 at Swan Square carpark, Sept 9 and 10 at Kampung Bahagia fair price mini market as well as Sept 17 and 18 at Taman Satria shoplot carpark).

The first rabies case this year was a five-year-old girl who died in Sibu on March 26.

On June 23, a 62-year-old man died at Sibu Hospital from rabies.

He was bitten on his right calf by a dog belonging to his brother on May 12 in Kampung Sentosa.

The Department of Veterinary Services Sarawak (DVSS) had on June 13 announced 10 as hotspot areas — Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Lorong Permai Timur, Kampung Bahagia Jaya Teku, Sibujaya, Mile 1/2 Jalan Oya, Jalan Hua Khiew, Ulu Sungai Merah, Taman Sanhill Barat, Jalan Oya Lama and Jalan Sentosa.

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