KUCHING: The latest death from rabies last Wednesday brought to 13 the total number of rabies deaths in the state.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said fatalities were caused by the lack of awareness by the victims on how to react when bitten by a rabies-infected dog.
“Hence, we strongly advise the public that when they are bitten by a dog or cat they must first wash the wounds for 15 minutes before they rush to a hospital for vaccination.
“Now we have rabies clinic in every hospital where vaccines are available and manned by competent personnel,” Uggah said during a press conference after chairing the third coordination meeting of the State Disaster Management Committee at the State Operation Room in Wisma Bapa Malaysia, here, yesterday.
Uggah also advised dog owners to keep their dogs in their house compound to avoid infection to rabies.
“The state is still continuing its target to remove strays in towns statewide,” he said.
He added that thus far response from the public on rabies awareness through portal, website, social media and WhatsApp groups is very good.
“Although the response is very good we will still enhance our publicity in order to make everyone aware of it (rabies),” he said.
He also said that the state has also mobilised 28 additional officers to handle rabies cases and the state also has been talking to Sabah whether it can assist in the northern part of the state.