Blantyre — Blantyre Agricultural Development Division (BLADD) has earmarked 166,000 pets for vaccination against rabies in an exercise currently underway in some districts under its jurisdiction.
BLADD Chief Animal Health and Livestock Development Officer, Patricia Mayuni said so far over 11,000 dogs and cats in Mulanje and Neno have already been vaccinated.
"The exercise started in two districts of Neno and Mulanje where 5,000 and 6,000 pets respectively have been protected against the disease.
"We are carrying out a similar exercise in Phalombe, Thyolo and Chiradzulu which we are anticipating to roll out this week.
"We shall then concentrate on Mwanza and Blantyre after completing the three districts," said Mayuni advising people to utilize the opportunity by making sure that their pets have been vaccinated before the exercise phases out this month.
She however, bemoaned the inadequate supply of anti rabies vaccines to meet their target saying: "Right now we only have one third of the vaccine dosages that can only be administered to 66,000 pets leaving out 100, 000 of them."
She therefore called on well wishers to support the exercise to address the shortfall.
This year's anti- rabies vaccination campaign was launched on September 27 targeting 500,000 pets countrywide.