– As IGP Expresses Commitment to Rabies-Free Future
In commemoration of World Rabies Day, the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has announced a one-month free anti-rabies vaccination for all dogs in police veterinary clinics across the country.
The announcement was contained in a statement issued on Thursday evening by the Force Spokesman, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi.
ACP Adejobi said the initiative is part of the force’s dedication to the One Health initiative.
According to him, the special initiative is aimed at mitigating the threat of rabies in Nigerian society.
“Starting today, and for the next month, the Nigeria Police Force will provide free anti-rabies vaccinations for all dogs in our police veterinary clinics across the country,” the statement reads.
“This initiative seeks to protect not only our loyal canine companions but also to prevent the transmission of rabies to humans. Similarly, recognizing the critical role played by our police veterinary personnel and dog handlers in safeguarding our communities, and in a bid to protect their well-being and promote public safety, the Police will offer free anti-rabies vaccinations to all our police veterinary personnel and dog handlers.
“The Inspector General of Police reiterates the resolve of his administration to ensuring equitable access to health services based on the belief that health should not be a privilege but a fundamental right for all. He urges that on this 17th World Rabies Day, all Nigerians should remember that together, we can make a difference in the global work towards a rabies-free future.”
This year, which is the 17th World Rabies Day, has as its theme ‘All for 1, One Health for all’ which underscores the crucial message that the concept of One Health is not limited to a select few but is intended to benefit everyone.
“World Rabies Day serves as a reminder of the importance of collaborative efforts in eradicating this deadly disease, which affects both humans and animals,” the police statement added.