R16 mln for fight against rabies in KZN

2010-04-16 00:00

THE KZN Agriculture, Environmental Affairs and Rural Development Department has received R16 million from overseas donors to assist them in their fight against the threat of rabies.

Delivering her department’s budget in the legislature yesterday, MEC for Agriculture, Environmental Affairs and Rural Development Lydia Johnson announced that the Bill and Belinda Gates Foundation, with the World Health Organisation, has donated R16 million over a five-year period towards the Human Rabies Elimination Project in KZN.

“In 2009, KZN registered 224 cases of rabies, a 28% decrease from the cases reported in 2008,” said Johnson.

“The money will help in intensifying the fight against the disease.”

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