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WHO, GoL Introduce Rabies Vaccine
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WHO, GoL Introduce Rabies Vaccine
By Prince S. Nagbe, LINA

MONROVIA, September 29 (LINA) – The Ministries of Health and Agriculture in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) have introduced vaccines to prevent and eliminate rabies from Liberia.

Making the disclosure at the celebration of “World Rabies Day” held at the Duport Road Health Center in Paynesville on Wednesday, the Deputy Director for Disease Prevention and Control at the Ministry of Health, Roseline George, said the Duport Road Health Center in Paynesville has been designated as the center for the exercise.

Miss George said addressing the increasing wave of rabies in the country is very important, as the disease has led to the deaths of several young people in the country in recent times.

According to George, statistics from the Ministry shows that there were 779 cases of dog bites across the country with Montserrado County accounting for the highest cases of 444.

Also speaking at the program, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Emergency Center for Trans-boundary Animal Disease (ECTAD) Country Team Leader, Dr. Garba Ahmed, encouraged Liberians to report cases of rabies in order to eradicate the sickness from the country.

Dr. Garba also urged Liberians to take their dogs for routine vaccination to ensure the safety of the lives young people in Liberia.

Serving as the principal speaker at the program, the Principal Investigator on the Ebola Natural History Study in Liberia, Dr. Mosoka Fallah, told the gathering that rigorous awareness programs on the danger of Rabies in communities across the country are important to eliminate the killer disease.

Dr. Fallah called on Liberians to take on the same spirit they used during the fight against the Ebola disease to eradicate Rabies from the country through community engagement and awareness and sensitization.
LINA PSN/TSS/PTK

 

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