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Bulacan continues to give free anti-rabies vaccines to humans and animals
By: PPAO
Friday, 19 April 2013
CITY OF MALOLOS— The month long observance of Rabies Awareness Month is over but the campaign to fight the deadly rabies continues in the province of Bulacan.

Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado said that this campaign just like other health threats must be a whole year battle.

“Hindi ito pang-isang buwan lang dahil ang pinag-uusapan dito ay buhay ng ating mga kababayan at talaga namang ginagawa natin ito ng libre para hindi na makadagdag pa sa problema ng ating mga mamamayan,” Alvarado said.

According to the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO), as of April 2013, they have already vaccinated 35,356 dogs, impounded 316 stray dogs, and euthanized 197 dogs. Their records also show that during the first quarter of the year, 17 K9 dogs and a cat were infected with rabies.

Dr. Voltaire Basinang, PVO head said that during summer vacation, animal bites increase not because of the weather but because children are playing everywhere.

“Pinakamaraming nakakagat ng aso o pusa ‘yung mga edad 7-15 dahil bakasyon ‘yung mga ganitong edad na madalas nasa kalsada at naglalaro kaya mas tumataas ‘yung bilang ng animal bites. Dapat mas mag-ingat tayo at huwag nang nilalaro ‘yung mga aso to the point na makakagat kayo. Hindi dahil mukhang mabait eh hindi na nangangagat lalo na ‘yung mga hindi nyo naman kilala,” explained Basinang.

The veterinarian added that aside from the vaccines, they have already posted 23 tarpaulins and 170 posters, distributed 9,000 brochures and held 18 seminars to inform the public of the hazards of rabies and the ways to prevent it.

According to the Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO), 19,728 numbers of Bulakeños have been given free anti-rabies vaccine last year and more than 3, 500 individuals as of first quarter this year.

“Yung sugat na sanhi ng kagat ng aso o pusa o anumang hayop na maaring magdala ng rabis ay kinakailangang malinis agad ng tubig at sabon at dagliang kumunsulta sa pinakamalapit na Animal Bite Treatment Center dito sa BMC upang mabigyan ng tamang gamot. Huwag po tayong pumunta sa mga tawak,” said Dr. Jocelyn Gomez, PPHO head.

Last year, 26 dogs were reported positive and 13 people died of rabies based on the report of the PVO.

Meanwhile, Dr. Basinang reiterated the importance of being a responsible pet owner.

“Sa mga nag-aalaga ng aso, itali natin o ikulong ‘yung mga alaga natin at ang pinakamahalaga pabakunahan. Kung hindi natin kayang gawin ‘yan, wag na lang tayong mag-alaga dahil sa totoo lang ang pag-aalaga ng aso ay isang malaking responsibilidad. Ang aso lagi nating tandaan ay hindi laruan,” Basinang stressed.

Rabies is a deadly viral infection that is mainly spread by infected animals through infected saliva that enters the body through a bite or broken skin. ###

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