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Back ground information:
Uganda has only 1 public veterinary faculty in Kampala. Only about 35 % of the postgraduates vets are working as a veterinarian after finishing their studies. About 5 public colleges with main focus on paravet education exist in the country. Altogether about 190 Veterinarians are working for Government.
Vets employed by the government have the following tasks:
Tasks of Paravets:
Foot-and- mouth disease,
Lumpy skin disease and Rabies.
Give appropriate advice to clients on animal health and management aspects;
Because of the low density of vets and the above described, main tasks of government vets, animal keepers in the rural communities do not have access to veterinary care by veterinarians, often paravets taking over all the tasks
A Case Of Rabies :
Rabies is a fatal disease and a terrible way to die by the virus that causes it! The disease infects both humans and animals but mostly through bites which is common in dogs. The disease is almost always fatal if no immediate immunization and or treatment is given to the victim. Approximately 33,000 people die annually from rabies in Uganda mostly transmitted through dog bites.
People are afraid of the infection here. Even innocent dogs and cats are short, beaten or poisoned because they are suspected. But this approach brings no solution. The most effective way is through education Vaccination of dogs, castration or sterilization, thus the number of stray animals is not increased any further.
We have vaccinated during the past years in over 50 villages and towns more than 72,00 dogs. It can be seen now that the number of dog bite reports is gradually decreasing since we stepped in, and that most dogs in these sub counties pose no risk to the population as it was the case before. The work is tedious, but shows great effect: the number of rabies transmission is steadily decreasing.
It requires at least two passes on vaccinations, so that we can ensure that the rabies no longer breaks out easily.