Lilongwe: Lilongwe Society for the Protection and Care of Animals (LSPCA) on Saturday celebrated 10 years of improving animal health and welfare in the country.
In her speech, LSPCA Executive Director, Lieza Swennen said in Malawi, the organization was established in 2008 by a group of Malawian veterinary professionals and committed animal welfare partners.
We are working together with Department of Animal Health and Livestock Development under the Ministry of Agriculture to improve animal health and welfare, she said at Kanengo-Salima turn off offices in Lilongwe.
She pointed out that the organization also works together with the Malawi Police Services and the Lilongwe city council to ease increase of selling live animals in roadside within city boundaries noting that such tendency exposes animals to cruelty, an increase in rabies cases and other diseases.
She added that since 2008, LSPCA delivers mass dog rabies vaccination campaigns to fight against the transmission of terrible fatal rabies disease that is affecting people and animals in the country.
According to the ED, the country is experiencing a marked increase in dog population and several dog bite cases which are reported to the hospitals for post exposure prophylaxis so they offer free spay and neuter services to dogs and cats.
In a separate interview, Director of the Department of Animal Health and Livestock Development, Dr Patrick Chikungwa who was the guest of honor, commended LSPCA saying it is the first large veterinary hospital status in the country.
He said since 2008, ten thousands of animals have been treated on site and through mobile clinics mostly dogs, cats and donkeys.
This has in essence demonstrated the success in the transformation agenda which the government is advocating for the promotion of ‘public and private partnership’ as a key tool towards better service delivery for the social-economic development of Malawi, Chikungwa said.
Furthermore, he said for the past three years, LSPCA has partnered with Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar) to provide essential clinical training to the veterinary students through its outreach programs.
This practical training is delivering important skills to our first generation of home-educated veterinary professionals which will contribute to the development of our country, he said.
He pointed out that the ministry has introduced National Rabies Task Force (NRTF) to ensure that the government achieves zero human deaths from rabies in Malawi, before the agreed international targeted years of 2030.
Source: Malawi News Agency MANA