MULTAN    -   The Food Department foiled the wheat smuggling attempt and re­covered 3,000 bags of wheat.

District Food Controller (DFC) Ahmad Javed raided a private warehouse on Khanewal Road previous night and seized 3,000 bags of 50kg wheat which were being smuggled to Sindh through a trailer. The vehicle was taken into custody and the warehouse was also sealed.

A case has been registered against Rana Sultan, the main leader of the wheat smuggling mafia. DFC Ahmad Javed said that the strict blockade of the district was being ensured to control the smuggling of wheat on the in­structions of Deputy Commission­er (DC) Muhammad Tahir Wattoo.

He further said that the licence of flour mills would be canceled over embezzlement in govern­ment flour quota. More than 50 flour wholesale points were fully operational across the district, the DFC concluded.

CITIZENS SENSITISED TO VACCINATE DOGS AGAINST RABIES

Livestock Department on Wednesday urged upon citizens to vaccinate their pet dogs in or­der to avoid rabies, a deadly viral disease which kills nearly 70,000 citizens per year globally.

Infected dog transmits saliva to human and other animals which causes deaths.

Deputy Director Livestock Dr Jamshaid while talking to media stated that September 28 was observed as World Rabies Day in order to sensitize citizens to vaccinate their pet dogs. For stray dogs, the department has launched a special campaign namely Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Release (TNVR) to control dogs’ population and vaccinate against deadly disease rabies. The basic theme of initiating the campaign was to lead toward Rabies Free Punjab, he hinted.

About TNVR, he observed that TNVR was a globally acclaimed method in which castration of the dogs was conducted to con­trol population of stray dogs.

He also remarked that World Rabies Day was also marked in tehsil Jalalpur Pirwala. The department organised a walk and stressed upon masses who owned pets to vaccinate their dogs. “The special day is marked for last 16 years,” he hinted.

Dr Jamshaid Akhtar stated, “The purpose of marking the day is to make people aware of this deadly disease. Rabies is a deadly viral disease in humans and animals. The general public needs to be made aware of the dangers of rabies because they do not care about dog bites and consider it trivial matter.”

This year the theme of the rabies day is “One Health, Zero Death”.

At international level, many things have been done to prevent the rabies. Vaccines, medicines, tools, and technologies to break the cycle of one of the oldest dis­eases have been introduced. Now, it is high time to create awareness about how to avoid the deadly disease, said Dr Jamshaid.