Announcing the countrywide vacation this morning at the government owned Media Center, Bright Rwamirima, the state Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industries and Fisheries, said the exercise will kick off in Kampala after the World Veterinary day celebrations before it rolls out to other parts of the country until the next World Rabies day in September.
According to Rwamirima, Rabies is one of the challenges facing the country yet is it costly to treat and requires a long time complete the dose after exposure. He says during the vaccination exercise, veterinary experts will also sterilize the animals to reduce the number of unwanted pets in homesteads.
He said zoonotic diseases, which affect both humans and animals have been a threat in East Africa for the past years. He however, hastened to add that the ministry has control the spread of the disease to the country at the borders.
Dr. Rwamirama said from 25th-30th April, 2016, there will be community outreaches with students and field veterinarians on community sensitization. He says vaccination exercise against rabies will roll out in all Kampala divisions between April 27th -29th.
The exercise will be conducted jointly by the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industries and Fisheries, Uganda Veterinary Association (UVA) and Makerere University.