By; MATTHEW UKACHUNWA, Lagos
The authority of Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) has advised those who are scratched or bitten by dogs and cats to visit healthcare facilities for urgent treatment to avoid death caused by rabies.
The ministry issued the warning while commemorating World Rabies Day on Monday September 28, 2020.
“Approximately 59,000 people die from #rabies every year. Majority of these deaths occur in children,” the authority of the ministry wrote on its twitter platform on Monday.
According to it, dogs contribute to 95 per cent of all rabies transmissions to humans.
“If you get scratched or bitten by a dog or a cat white heavy check mark wash the wound with soap and water, visit a health care facility immediately,” the authority of the federal health ministry said.
It stated that the symptoms of rabies include: white heavy check mark, fever, headache, muscle pain, loss of appetite, nausea, tiredness.