Opiyo explains that despite poor responses from the dog owners, the team has vaccinated 320 dogs in Awach Sub-County, 384 in Patiko, 187 in Palaro, 578 in Bungatira, 238 in Unyama, 405 in Paicho and 926 in Gulu Municipality against 5,000 projected targets.
Gulu District veterinary department has vaccinated more than 3,000
The district in partnership with The Big Fix Uganda is carrying out the annual
dogs' vaccination exercise in the six sub-counties of Gulu and the four
municipal divisions of Pece, Laroo, Layibi and Bardege. The exercise which started last week will ends this week.
Since opening its offices in 2016, The Big Fix Uganda is the only
organization offering free veterinary services in Northern Uganda and operates
the only veterinary hospital.
They also administer programs in animal birth control, rabies
vaccination, animal health and wellness, animal welfare education, anti-cruelty
investigation, and animal-assisted therapy.
Alfred Opiyo, the acting Gulu District Veterinary Officer says
that vaccinating pets decreases the severity of an infection and can
protect them from certain diseases, some of which can even be transmitted to
Opiyo explains that despite poor responses from the dog owners,
the team has vaccinated 320 dogs in Awach Sub-County, 384 in Patiko, 187 in
Palaro, 578 in Bungatira, 238 in Unyama, 405 in Paicho and 926 in Gulu
Municipality against 5,000 projected targets.
Raphael Bongomin, a resident of Laroo Division is worried that
despite the good gesture by the veterinarians to give free vaccination to dogs,
several stray dogs without owners continue to cause public panic and risks of
Gloria Lallam, a resident of Pageya in Pece Division equally
revealed that she could not make it with her two dogs to the vaccination point
because the veterinary officer conducted mobile outreach program moving from
village to village.
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Once the dog is vaccinated, the vaccine lasts for one year before
the next cycle of vaccination is conducted.
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and latr Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.