Following the deaths of two patients admitted at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi Araba for rabies within two weeks after being bitten by dogs, the Commissioner for Health, Lagos State, Dr Jide Idris, has urged pet owners, especially dog owners to get their dogs vaccinated against rabies as he explained how to survive it.
Dr. Idris gave this advice on Thursday while drawing Lagos residents’ attention to the two victims of rabies admitted at LUTH.
According to him, once a dog bites anybody the First aid involves immediate and thorough flushing and washing of the wound for a minimum of 15 minutes with soap and water, detergent, providone iodine or other substances that kill the rabies virus.
Explaining further, “Post-exposure prophylaxix (PEP) vaccines should be given to the victim on 0, 3, 7, 14 and 28 days of the incidence at a registered health facility which are given.”
A viral disease that causes inflammation of the brain in humans and other mammals, Dogs are the source of the vast majority of human rabies deaths, contributing up to 99% of all rabies transmissions to humans.