— Stray dogs threaten lives in Kilwa Island

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Stray dogs threaten lives in Kilwa Island

Nchelenge, June 2nd, 2014, ZANIS  — stray dogs are threatening lives at the Islands of Isokwe, Kilwa and Chisenga on Mweru Lake in Nchelenge District of Luapula Province.


The situation is reported to have forced some pupils of Isokwe Primary School resident at the adjacent islands of Kanakashi and Mupitwa to stop attending classes.


This came to light during the District Development Coordinating Committee (DDCC) meeting held at the Council Chamber this today.


Acting Nchelenge District Education Board Secretary (DEBS) Jones Mwenya told the DDCC that pupils and generally the community members on the islands are leaving in fear of their lives because of the marauding beasts.


Mr. Mwenya urged for the quick intervention by the DDCC members to harness the situation and safe guard the lives of school going children.


And Nchelenge District Council Secretary Mulowa Sishumba has urged for an urgent Epidemics Preparedness Committee meeting to quickly come up with a programme to crop the ravaging dogs.


Mr. Sishumba said the frequency of dog bites in the district is alarming and must be dealt with decisively to protect the people especially the pupils from contracting rabies.


He said the matter must be treated with the urgency it deserves and that there is no need to ponder on the Tie-Order provided by the Dog Act but swing into action and clear the beats that have become a nuisance to the people. 


Speaking earlier, Acting District Medical Officer (DMO) Jeremiah Chansa said the high number of the dog bites in the district has become a source of worry to the health authorities.


Mr. Chansa said the health facilities in the district receive an average of 20 cases of the dog bites every month and was concerned that the number may be much bigger.