Government inspectors check rabies-battle progress

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The panel of health and labor inspectors speak about the government campaign to combat rabies.
The panel of health and labor inspectors speak about the government campaign to combat rabies.

Government inspectors visited Pattaya to check progress on how the province is combatting its rabies epidemic.

Prime Minister’s Office inspector Jirayu Nanthara­thorn, labor inspector Atchara Kaewkamchaicharoen and public health inspector Dr. Suthep Petchmak met May 4 with Gov. Pakarathorn Thienchai at the provincial hall to discuss both the central government’s anti-rabies campaign and its push to bring government services to local neighborhoods.

Chonburi’s Livestock, Public Health, Social Welfare and Controller’s departments also participated.

Jirayu said the government wants the province to collect and register all stray animals and ensure they are vaccinated against rabies. Rabies education programs for schools also were suggested while bureaucrats were told to report any shortages in rabies vaccine to the PM’s Office.

The checkup follows the recent designation of Chonburi as a “red zone” for rabies outbreaks.