The Directorate of Veterinary Services (DVS) within the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry yesterday launched a mass rabies vaccination programme at various localities within Windhoek.
The vaccination campaign will last until June 22.
Yesterday, large numbers of Windhoek residents, particularly from Katutura, paid heed to the call to have their dogs and cats vaccinated against rabies, a life-threatening disease that causes acute encepthalitis (inflammation of the brain) and is transmitted to humans mainly through dog bites.
The disease causes convulsions, excitement, aggressiveness, followed by paralysis and death. There is no effective treatment once the clinical symptoms of the disease occur.
Acting permanent secretary in the ministry of agriculture, water and forestry Sophia Kasheeta called on all Windhoek residents to bring their animals for free rabies shots at the following locations
Wednesday: In front of Katutura Magistrate’s Court, Khomasdal Park Foods, Khomasdal soccer stadium and Katutura Single Quarters.
Thursday: Ombili soccer field, Malaka Draai bus stop in Donkerhoek, along Shangai Road, Goreangab Dam soccer field and Wanaheda police station.
Friday: Greenwell Matongo Community Hall, Samoa Machel Constituency Office, Wanaheda Oshango and Wanaheda police station.
June 14: Maxuilili Centre in Babylon, Otjomuise shopping mall, Namuamis open area and Goreangab Dam Woerman Brock.
June 15: Soweto KFC parking lot, Hakahana open space, Freedom Land police station and Dolam playground.
June 16: Ombili Simon Chicken, Ongulambashe in Ongulambashe in Ongava Street, Sewende Laan common meeting place and Rocky Crest police station.
June 17: Old Rank 7 bus stop along Hangai Street, Havana Commando Tree behind Havana Primary School, Tobias Hainyeko Primary School and Onguuoyepongo Centre.
June 20: Samora Machel Constituency Office, Havana Commando Tree, Councillor Office, Havana and Onguuoyepongo Centre.
June 21: Agste Laan, corner of Istanbul and Frankfurt Streets, Agste Laan, Mamatu Centre, Agste Laan in Casamba Street and Agste Laan Clinic.
June 22: Moses Garoeb Consituence Office and Sewende Laan, corner of Beijin and Dimboko streets.