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Uggah reminds longhouse folk to have their dogs vaccinated against rabies
Tarikh : 26 Jul 2019

Uggah (second right) speaks to a Drainage and Irrigation Department staff. Also seen are a political secretary to the chief minister Dr Richard Rapu (left) and Tuai Rumah Linggie Keling.

BETONG: Longhouse dwellers here have been told to have their dogs vaccinated against rabies.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the state’s fifth phase Anti Rabies Operation would be held here apart from Sri Aman and Engkilili from July 31 to Aug 3.

Rabies is a very deadly disease and since its outbreak in 2017 in Sarawak 18 people had died of it when they were bitten by rabies positive dogs, said Uggah when advising people at Rumah Henry Ilon in Senunok Paku, Spaoh on Wednesday.

The Bukit Saban assemblyman said the State Veterinary Services Department would be visiting longhouses to offer free vaccination and to remove any strays in the three districts during the operation.

“Please use the opportunity to get your dogs vaccinated. Your dogs will not die after getting the vaccination,” he said.

Uggah, who is also Minister of Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development, told the people to treat the advice seriously as two dogs had tested positive for rabies at the area of Rumah Samueh Adeng in Engkilili two weeks ago.

On another matter, Uggah was pleased to note that the 17 Rural Transportation Programme (RTP) projects for his Bukit Saban state constituency had achieved 88.2 per cent implementation rate in 2018.

He was similarly impressed that 27 of RTP projects under the Betong parliamentary constituency for Bukit Saban had achieved 88.9 per cent implementation rate.

For this year, 62 RTP projects have been approved for Betong including 43 in Bukit Saban, which would be implemented in two stages, he added.

He said under the first phase, 19 of the projects which had been tendered out are currently being implemented.

Earlier on, Uggah chaired a meeting of all government departments and agencies on the progress of the projects.

He also had a short meeting with the Betong Agriculture Department and Betong Veterinary Services Department.

He later visited Rumah Linggie Keling at Sungai Langit, Layar where he announced a grant of RM100,000 for this year and the same amount for next year for the construction of a retaining wall to protect the 37-door longhouse against possible hillside erosion behind it.