At least five persons have reportedly died from rabies in Nimba County, owing to an increase in dog bites.
In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer last Saturday, the County Chief Medical Officer Dr. Collins Saa Bowah said dog bites have increased in the county, with 34 cases, including the five that became fatal.
He said the county health authority has stored vaccines against rabbies at several health facilities to treat anyone bitten by dogs.
He added that health education about preventing dog bites is going on across the county.
There are no veterinary doctors in the county to treat domestic animals, especially dogs that are suspected of carrying the rabbies virus.
Owing to the alarming situation, Dr. Bowah said the health authority will be holding a meeting with Superintendent Fong Zuagele to get the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) involved in curbing the crisis.
Dr. Bowah said, “We want to work with the MOA to design a strategy to curtail the situation, because the ministry works directly with animal husbandry.
“If it means that we eliminate street dogs then we have to decide that because we do not want any more rabbies related deaths.”
In a related development, Dr. Bowah disclosed that maternal mortality has gone up across the county.
He explained that the county is putting measures in place to reduce the numbers.
The Nimba health team recently held a partnership meeting with community radios in Nimba County to disseminate information on health issues.
The Ministry of Health in partnership with the International Organization of Migration (IOM) has ended a health and security surveillance meeting, involving health officers from Bong, Nimba, and Lofa counties, and Guinea in Ganta.
Guinean government officials joined their counterparts from Liberia and discussed security collaboration.
The meeting was also intended to bring health practitioners of both countries together to share information regarding health and security matters along their border.