The World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) 90th General Assembly, being held in Paris, France has endorsed Zambia’s official control programme for dog mediated rabies.
According to a statement issued on Friday by Naomi Mweemba, the First Secretary Press and Public Relations at the Zambian Embassy France, the certificate of recognition presented to Zambia recognizes the country as having an official control programme for dog mediated rabies.
The approved rabies control strategy seeks to eradicate dog mediated rabies in the country by 2030.
Director Veterinary Services, Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, Dr. Geoffrey Muuka, said the certificate of recognition awarded to Zambia is a great start for the country to eradicate dog mediated rabies by 2030.
Muuka said the Ministry, in collaboration with the local authority and traditional leaders, will ensure that the strategy is implemented effectively in controlling dog mediated rabies in Zambia.
“We are very happy that as a country, we have developed a strategy that has been endorsed by the world in eliminating rabies,” he explained.
Muuka said the recommendation by the Scientific Commission for Animal Diseases to WOAH for endorsement of the strategy attests that the strategy will achieve its intended purpose.
“This endorsement means that the world has given Zambia the authority to implement the strategy to eradicate dog mediated rabies,” he said.
Muuka further said that the strategy will open up Zambia for support from stakeholders due to the country’s commitment to eradicating the disease.
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He expressed optimism that the Zambian people will be served from rabies related deaths.
The World Organisation for Animal Health General Assembly recognises countries that are making efforts to control animal diseases and deliberates on scientific animal diseases and how they can effectively be controlled.
The Zambian delegates also present at the General Assembly includes Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock Permanent Secretary Dr Anna Songolo, Principal Veterinary Officer Dr. Cornelius Mundia and Dr Fusya Yvonne Goma Acting Deputy Director – Field Services.
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