Mr. Joseph Kofi Abu, regional veterinary officer of Greater Accra, revealed that the insufficient number of veterinarians is negatively affecting the veterinary services of the country.
In an interview with the Ghanaian news agency in Kpone during the celebrations of World Rabies Day, Mr Abu said that Ghana has many qualified veterinarians who have not been on active duty so far. .
He explained that it was time for the government to employ veterinarians to meet the daily demands for veterinary services in different districts of the country.
According to him, the total number of veterinarians in the country was around 70 people, adding that most of them would be retiring soon, which could further reduce the number to something below 60 doctors, a situation which he said was not healthy for the country.
Mr Abu explained that the elimination of rabies infections by 2030 could be achieved when the different districts have veterinarians to provide professional veterinary services to residents.
He noted that the recent outbreak of bird flu, African swine flu and endemic rabies in parts of the country suggested that more veterinarians were needed in the country.
The Greater Accra regional veterinarian called on the government to urgently recruit and deploy qualified veterinarians to different districts of the country.