Vac­cine baits lat­est strat­egy to fight ra­bid dogs

The Borneo Post - - Front Page -

KUCHING: The Vet­eri­nary De­part­ment of Malaysia is in the process of ac­quir­ing vac­cine baits as the lat­est strat­egy to give anti-ra­bies vac­cine to stray dogs.

Its di­rec­tor-gen­eral Dato Dr Quaza Niza­mud­din Has­san Nizar said the strat­egy would in­volve feed­ing the stray dogs with vac­cine-laced baits.

“We want to use this in ar­eas with many stray dogs and those hard-to-go-to ar­eas. We will use it along­side ex­ist­ing strate­gies in the on­go­ing anti ra­bies op­er­a­tion.

“We are al­ready in the process of buy­ing these vac­cine baits,” he said dur­ing a cour­tesy call on Deputy Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Amar Dou­glas Ug­gah at his of­fice here yes­ter­day.

Dr Quaza said the de­part­ment would then con­duct a study to see its im­pacts, how it could af­fect the dog im­mu­ni­sa­tion and so forth.

He said Sarawak was do­ing well in com­bat­ing the ra­bies out­break.

He as­sured of con­tin­ued sup­port from his de­part­ment in the fight against ra­bies.

Dr Quaza also praised the state for its on­go­ing plan to ag­gre­sively in­crease ca le pop­u­la­tion to boost beef pro­duc­tion.

He de­scribed this as ‘a step in the right di­rec­tion and the way to move for­ward’.

Ug­gah, who is also the Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture Mod­erni­sa­tion, Na­tive Land and Regional De­vel­op­ment had ear­lier ex­plained to him of the plan.

“We still have plenty of land and there is al­ways huge de­mand for meat. Sarawak is also free from the Foot and Mouth Diease.

“We are ge ing our land de­vel­op­ment au­thor­i­ties like Sarawak Land Con­sol­i­da­tion and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Au­thor­ity (Sal­cra) and big oil palm com­pa­nies like Ta Ann, Rim­bunan Hi­jau and Dafa to in­te­grate ca le breed­ing in their plan­ta­tions,” he said.

Ug­gah said Sal­cra had started with about 3,000 head in a few of its es­tates.

“The pro­jec­tion is to pro­duce 1,000 calves per year which we will dis­trib­ute to oth­ers in­ter­ested in the scheme,” he said.

Dr Quaza, mean­while, is re­tir­ing soon a er more than 36 years in ser­vice.

He was ac­com­pa­nied by the State Vet­eri­nary Ser­vices di­rec­tor Dr Adrian Susin and his deputy Dr Stephen Gabriel dur­ing the visit.

Ug­gah (cen­tre) looks at a book on the Vet­eri­nary De­part­ment of Malaysia pre­sented to him by Dr Quaza. Also seen is Dr Adrian.

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