KUCHING: Saving the healthy dogs from the infected ones is of utmost importance in fighting rabies, said Mayor of Kuching South City Council (MBKS), Dato James Chan.
A two-hour long dialogue session on how to put an end to the disease was held at MBKS building here yesterday.
It was attended by representatives from the Sarawak Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) and Save Our Strays (SOS) along with community leaders and members of the public.
“What we are concerned with is that the rabies is spreading not just among stray dogs, but any dogs for that matter.
“The public have also called the council in fear of being bitten and we are trying to assure them that we are making serious efforts to stop it.
“We have to really control it and save the healthy dogs from the infected ones as this step is very important.
“If everyone can cooperate then the war will be won,” said James during a press conference after the dialogue session.
Meanwhile, the Head of Public Health in the Ministry of Local Government and Housing, Dr Cheong Yaw Ling emphasised on the safety of the public and that they were merely acting on the public’s complaints.
“People feel uneasy walking outside and it’s time to put a stop to the tear and worry with no free-roaming dogs at the very moment,” he said.
Cheong explained that this short-term action would require members of the public to keep their own dogs and healthy dogs which they care for within their housing compound or off the streets until the state is declared free of rabies.
“I hope everyone will work together on this,” said the Head of Public Health in the Ministry of Local Government and Housing.