The Kisumu County Government has organised a mass dog vaccination drive to prevent rabies following a rise in cases of dog bites in the area.
The exercise, slated for February 18th-26th, targets over 10, 000 dogs in Kisumu East and Kisumu Central sub counties.
The Kisumu County Director of Veterinary Services (CDVS), Dr. Evans Odhiambo said the high number of dog bites in the area was alarming and posed a serious public health risk.
He disclosed that over the last two months alone, 14 cases were reported with one resulting to death.
The CDVS said the County Government has marshalled enough personnel and resources to make the vaccination exercise a success.
Dr. Odhiambo asked all dog owners in the area to take the exercise seriously and present the animals for vaccination to ensure 100% coverage.
He said any dog that shall not be accounted for during the drive shall be classified as stray warning that such dogs shall be eliminated to keep rabies at bay.
During the week long program, dog owners shall also be sensitized on proper management and handling of dogs.
The Kisumu West and Seme Sub Counties were also set to be covered during the next phase of the vaccination drive.
By Victor Ongoje/Odeke Brian