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Dr. Fallah Says Awareness Key To Ending Rabies In Liberia
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Dr. Fallah Says Awareness Key To Ending Rabies In Liberia
By Prince S. Nagbe

MONROVIA, September 29 (LINA) - The Principal Investigator on the Ebola Natural History Study in Liberia, Dr. Mosoka Fallah, has said rigorous awareness programs on the danger of Rabies in communities across the country is key to eliminating the killer disease from the country.

Dr. Fallah called on health authorities and stakeholders in the country to embark on vigorous education exercises in communities about the different preventive measures aimed at eliminating rabies, noting, “If the people are not educated about the disease, they will not be able to prevent it.”

Speaking at the celebration of “World Rabies Day” held at the Duport Road Health Center in Paynesville on Wednesday, Fallah called on Liberians to take on the same spirit used during the fight against the Ebola virus disease to get rid of Rabies through community engagement and awareness.

The day was celebrated under the theme: “Educate, Vaccinate and Eliminate Rabies from Liberia.”

“Though rabies is a killer disease, it can be prevented and completely eradicated if citizens rise against it as was done during the fight against Ebola in this country,” Dr. Fallah told the gathering.

He said in order to totally eliminate rabies from the country owners of dogs should make sure that their dogs are regularly vaccinated and that the ministries of Agriculture and Health must work together to pay for the cost of immunizing dogs.

According to him, constant immunization and awareness are important tools to minimizing Rabies and saving the lives of the citizens due to the country’s fragile surveillance system.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Director for Disease Prevention and Control at the Ministry of Health, Roseline George, has said addressing the issue of rabies is very important, as the disease has led to the death of several young people in the country.

Miss George disclosed that statistics from the ministry show that there were 779 cases of dog bites across the country, with Montserrado County accounting for the highest cases of 444.

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