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MANZINI – Shortage of medication is seemingly getting worse by the day in the country, as  the Manzini Veterinary Office is faced with same challenge as animal lovers are turned back due to the shortage of medication.

It was gathered that the challenge of the shortage in medication has been ongoing for some time since last year, but the situation has since worsened, and has seen workers at the Manzini Veterinary Department referring farmers to the Animal Welfare Society. According to dejected animal lovers, they have been turned back several times without getting the assistance they required, as they were told that there was no medication. “I travelled six trips to the Veterinary Department last month alone, without getting any assistance. What is worse is that I travel all the way from Mankayane and this is taxing considering the amount of money I spend on fuel,” said a dog owner. He explained that normally, he was charged E150 for consultation, and was given all the medication he needed for the vaccination of his puppies. However, he said this was no longer the case as he had been told that there was a shortage of the 5-in-1 vaccine.


This vaccine protects against canine distemper virus, canine adenovirus 1 and 2, canine parainfluenza, and canine parvovirus. Puppies receive the 5-in-1 vaccine starting at six-eights weeks old, with shots given every three-four weeks until they reach 16 weeks. The dog owner further shared that he got the shock of his life when the workers advised him to remove the worms from his dogs’ tongues, as a measure to address the challenge. He decried having to resort to traditional means of treating dogs when there was a ministry in the country to address that. Another animal breeder complained that he had embarked on a back and forth as he was told of the shortage of reagents.  He said they were in the dark and compelled to buy them from expensive outlets.