Ghana at highest risk of rabies outbreak - Min in-charge of livestock reveals

Ghana at highest risk of rabies outbreak - Min in-charge of livestock reveals

- Ministry of Food and Agriculture in-charge of livestock is warning of an imminent outbreak of rabies in Ghana

- The Ministry says the development is due to the lack of funding and donor support for rabies vassinations

The Ministry of Food and Agriculture has issued an alert over the imminent outbreak of rabies following the shortage of rabies vaccinations.

Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture in-charge of Livestock, Dr. Hannah Bissiw has stated that the lack of funding and donor support to combating rabies places Ghana at the highest risk of an outbreak.

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"We were doing mass vaccinations but unfortunately we are not getting the donor support anymore for the mass vaccinations which is extremely expensive. That [mass vaccinations] is something we have stopped and that is something that we want to appeal to donors to come and support. Until we vaccinate about 80 percent of our pets and the susceptible animals, we are definitely not there yet,” she stated.

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 The Veterinary Service of Ghana in 2015 had warned of more rabies related deaths, as they recorded an acute shortage of dog vaccines. Also, there are fears the number of rabies cases could increase this year as the number of stray dogs continue to increase on the streets of Accra and other parts of the country.

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