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Gulu Veterinary Department Vaccinates 3,000 Dogs

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.
A recent dogs vaccination exercise in Gulu - Courtesy Photo

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Gulu District veterinary department has vaccinated more than 3,000 dogs.  

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 humans.

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 rabies transmission.

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.

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Opiyo appeals to the local leaders to corporate with the district team in terms of mobilizing the community whenever such an exercise taking place.

According to the World Health Organization - WHO, dogs are the main source of human rabies death, contributing up to 99 percent of all rabies transmission to humans.