FIVE people died after contracting rabies in Kanowit district in the one-year period from March last year.
Kanowit MP Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang said, “This is a cause for concern because if we don’t do something about it, more deaths could happen.”
He was speaking during the Kanowit-level Rabies Prevention and Control Awareness Campaign 2023 held at the Kanowit district office hall in Sibu.
Aaron, who is also the National Unity Minister, said the campaign organised by the Kanowit District Office and Sibu Hospital was important to create greater awareness of the disease.
A total of 538 people took part in the campaign, including community leaders like penghulu, pemancha and tuai rumah.
Separately he said the Sarawak government had approved RM1.5bil for the development of infrastructure in Kanowit and Selangau and the promotion of socio-economic activities in the two areas through sustainable agriculture.
The two projects are under the Rascom Development Agency (Rasda).
“Premier Tan Sri Abang Johari Openg has approved the allocation,” he said in his speech.
Aaron added they had organised several labs for the residents to have a better understanding of the projects.
Also at the campaign were Kanowit district officer Jackline August and Sibu division health officer Dr Teh Jo Hun.