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Full dose of anti-rabies vaccine, now available in Bulacan for free
Tuesday, 25 January 2011
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IT’S FOR FREE. Bulakenyos who have been bitten and scratched by rabies-carrying animals since January 2011 patiently wait for their turn at the lobby of the Bulacan Medical Center to avail of the free full dose of anti-rabies vaccine initiated by Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado to lessen the rabies cases in the province. Inset: A one-year old girl receives a dose of anti-rabies vaccine after being bitten by a cat while playing with it. View Larger Image.
CITY OF MALOLOS – In an aim to mitigate the cases of death caused by rabies, the Provincial Government of Bulacan through the initiative of Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado is now giving full or four doses of anti-rabies vaccine for free.

Through this program, the governor expects the reported cases of rabies to deteriorate in the province.

Base on the report of the Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO), as of third quarter last year, Bulacan has recorded 8,401 animal bite cases, provided initial assistance to 6,760 patients and reported 19 death cases due to rabies.

Moreover, according to the records of the Department of Health (DOH), the Philippines is one of the countries with the highest rabies cases in the world totaling to 350-400 number of deaths annually.

Beneficiaries like Jose Dionisio, grandfather of Cedrick Dionisio, an eight year old boy who was bitten by a dog, expressed their gratitude and appreciation to the program.

“’Yung pera na dapat sana’y ipinambili pa namin ng bakuna niya eh nailaan namin sa iba pang mga gastusin, malaki talaga ang aming natipid”, Dionisio added.

Furthermore, the Provincial Agriculture Office is also giving free anti-rabies vaccine on dogs all over Bulacan and continuous information dissemination is being conducted provincewide by PPHO to further educate the Bulakenyos on ways to prevent and combat rabies, counseling, surveillance and logistic augmentation to affected local government units.

PPHO reminds Bulakeños to be responsible pet caretakers by giving proper and on time vaccination of their pet, keeping them under direct supervision, giving clean food and maintaining the cleanliness of the pet.

However, to persons bitten and scratched by rabies-carrying animals, wash the wound immediately by soap and water and observe the dog for 14 days for some changes including constant growling and barking, dilated pupils, disorientation, craving to eat anything, including inedible objects and seizures. Usually, the animal dies in three to seven days.

If observed with these symptoms, the patient must be vaccinated and if the animal is astray and cannot be observed, it is best advised to consult the nearest health center or public hospital.###

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