Igbogbo, Lagos State – In a bid to safeguard the health and well-being of domestic animals and curb the spread of rabies, Chairman Sesan Daini of Igbogbo-Baiyeku Local Council Development Area (LCDA) has officially launched a campaign for anti-rabies vaccination for dogs and cats. The chairman also called for comprehensive data collection of pet owners and dog breeders in Igbogbo/Bayeiku LCDA, aiming to foster collaboration in the community.
During a recent speech by one of the veterinary doctors representing Dr. Rasheed Macaulay, the Director of Veterinary Services at the Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture, it was emphasized that vaccination against rabies is crucial for the protection of both pets and their owners. Dr. Macaulay’s representative stressed that dogs and cats should receive their initial rabies vaccinations between the ages of 4 and 6 months. Subsequent booster shots should be administered one year after the initial vaccination, followed by regular vaccination intervals as mandated by local laws.
Addressing the audience, the veterinary representative explained the significance of rabies shots for dogs. Rabies is a well-known zoonotic disease, meaning it can be transmitted from animals to humans, and it poses a significant threat to both, often resulting in fatal outcomes. Hence, it is essential for responsible pet owners to prioritize understanding the condition and taking preventive measures.
Expressing gratitude to the Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture Veterinary Service Department, Chairman Bldr Olusesan M. Daini, who was represented by Vice Chairman Hon. Nureini Oke-Maja, commended the initiative to provide free vaccines to the LCDA. Additionally, he praised the efforts of the project’s organizers, Albright Technical Service and Leonsworth Nigeria Limited, for their commitment to promoting animal welfare in the community.
The team from the Ministry of Agriculture Veterinary Service included Dr. Saheed Adeoti, Coordinator of Veterinary Activities in Ikorodu; Dr. Enebeli Olajumoke, Coordinator of Animal Vaccination; and Dr. Macaulay, Director of Veterinary Services.
Representatives of the Executive Chairman who attended the event included Hon. Nurieni Okedina-Maja, Vice Chairman of Igbogbo/Baiyeku LCDA; Hon. Michael Ayeni, Supervisor for Agriculture, Youth, and Sport; Comrade Odusanya Abdulateef Omotayo (TySleek), Supervisor for Budget and ICT; and Mr. Taiwo Oduntan, Assistant Head of the Department of Agriculture in Igbogbo/Baiyeku LCDA.
The joint efforts of Albright Technical Service and Leonsworth Nigeria Limited have been instrumental in launching this impactful project, which aims to enhance the health and safety of pets within the community.
By initiating this campaign and encouraging collaboration among pet owners and dog breeders, Chairman Sesan Daini and his team are taking proactive steps to protect both animals and humans from the devastating effects of rabies. This endeavor serves as a reminder of the importance of responsible pet ownership and the vital role vaccinations play in preventing the spread of zoonotic diseases.