A vaccination program took place in Sarawak to vaccinate more than 110,000 dogs in the state after the Serian division was announced to be the first rabies infected area the previous year, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas. The primary aim of this initiative is to vaccinate more than 70% out of the 220,000 dogs that are estimated to be living in Sarawak alone so that good herd immunity can be provided to them. It is also good to stop further spread of rabies among the dogs in an effective manner. This can also be treated as the prevention towards enzootic transmission to humans of that area. The vaccination program was first mentioned at the debate at the State Legislative Assembly.

Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, who is also the chairman of the State Disaster Management Committee, said that about RM20 million have already spent on several programs and activities so that rabies can be controlled and eradicated fully. Deputy Chief Minister added to the statement that an additional amount of RM22.8 million has already been approved for the continuation of the rabies control activities and programs for 2019

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