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Bali Legislators Want Special Decrees on Rabies

Bali Lawmakers Call on Governor Pastika to Issue Technical Regulations to Help Fight Rabies Epidemic.

(11/29/2009) Bali lawmakers from the provincial House of Representatives (DPRD) are recommending that Bali governor Made Mangku Pastika issue rules and regulations to bring the current rabies epidemic under control. Quoted in Beritabali.com, DPRD members said the additional regulations from the governor are needed to complement the provincial law on rabies now being considered by the legislature. The Chairman of Commission IV of the DPRD-Bali, Kariyasa Adnyana, told the press that the governor’s instructions would form the procedures of technical execution in the field in the fight against rabies.

Funding

In order to fund the anti-rabies campaign, the DPRD-Bali is attempting to allocate Rp. 25 billion (US$2.5 million) to fund counter-measures in 2010. Adnyana said: “This has to do with technical details in the field, we are pushing for Rp. 25 billion for Bali in 2010 to help make Bali rabies free by 2012. We are also hopeful that Bali will ask for help from the Central Government.”

The Bali legislator also condemned recent incidents in which health officials were caught selling rabies vaccine. All rabies vaccines in Bali must be given without charge.