Mass rabies campaign hits Pietermaritzburg

2018-05-09 06:02
Ginette Bentley administers a rabies vaccination while dogs owners and their dogs wait in line to receive their rabies vaccination. PHOTO: byrone Athman

Ginette Bentley administers a rabies vaccination while dogs owners and their dogs wait in line to receive their rabies vaccination. PHOTO: byrone Athman

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THE Department of Agriculture, Environmental Affairs and Rural Development has embarked on a massive campaign across South Africa to rid the country of rabies, and are now in Pietermaritzburg.

In an attempt to rid all dogs and cats of rabies, the department has set up various stations where they are administering free rabies vaccinations to all those who bring their dogs or cats to their tents. On Monday, the department set up shop outside the civic centre in Northdale. Animal health technician Ginette Bentley said they usually drove around in the rural areas and would call people with animals to their vehicle but are now setting up stations manned by animal technicians to administer rabies vaccinations.

“Given the increase in the amount of rabies scares that we have experienced this year alone, it is very important for us to be doing this and for us to make sure that we see to as many dogs and cats as possible while we are here,” said Bentley. The department will be operating from various landmarks in the northern areas this week at midday: Wednesday Heather Secondary, Thursday, Sirkhod Road grounds and Friday, Woodlands Pharmacy.

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