Sarawak hires 28 vet assistants to fight rabies outbreak

KUCHING: The Sarawak Veteri­narian Services Department is strengthening its manpower in the fight against the rabies outbreak in 46 affected areas in the state with the recruitment of 28 veterinary assistants.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said they would be deployed statewide immediately after completing the necessary training.

“They have reported for duty. We have announced earlier that we will get extra manpower and they are the ones,” Uggah, who is state Disaster Management Committee chairman, said in a statement here yesterday.

The new officers will be divided into six teams to cover vaccination, surveillance, laboratory, quarantine, enforcement and livestock development after being posted to the various divisions and branches of the department.

According to the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee official portal, a total of 100,757 animals, including 92,208 dogs as well as 8,495 cats, had been given rabies vaccination as of Sunday.

There were 268 samples which were found to be positive of rabies.

The figures also showed that from April 1, 2017, until Sunday, 15,843 cases of animal bites had been reported while 5,592 people received rabies vaccinations. — Bernama

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