Op Rabies : No live bullets used during operation

KUCHING, No live bullets were used during Ops Rabies to tackle the rabies outbreak since it was launched on March 1 after being declared a Level 2 Disaster.

Deputy chief minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said Op Rabies workers were also not allowed to enter private premises to take action against dogs without the permission of their owners.

”The presence of uniformed security personnel with firearm was for the security of the workers in case of any threat,” he said in a statement here today.

Uggah, who is also State Disaster Management Committee chairman, said that all actions taken had complied with the clauses (4),(37),(38) and (40) of the Veterinary Public Health Ordinance 1999.

”Directive 20 of the National Security Council’s standard operation allows the agency involved to use firearm when entering premises.

”The operation has also received the directive from the National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA). NADMA had also channelled financial aid, equipment and a team of veterinary doctors from the Malaysian Veterinary Services Department,” he said.

To date, Uggah said, 4,474 dogs had been vaccinated and 425 wild dogs had been done away with in Op Rabies in Kota Samarahan.

A total 454 officers and personnel were involved in the operation which was conducted on April 4-8 and the next operation would be conducted in the city of Kuching from April 22 to May 10.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)