DOH intensifies anti-rabies drive in Isabela

August 27, 2009 11:45 am 

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Aug. 27 — The Department of Health (DOH) here intensified its advocacy on responsible pet ownership among dog owners by strengthening a campaign on anti-rabies.

This developed after DoH-Region 2 reported that it is still facing problems on rabies situation.

Dr. Edgar Peleo of DOH-Region 2 reported that animal bite statistics is still in the limelight. He said Isabela Province posted major problem on rabies having the highest number of human animal bites.

Dog bites comprises 96 percent of the total animal bite victims in the region for this year, the same of last year. In 2008, Region 2 was one of the regions with the highest rabies case, he said.

Isabela has 8 cases for this year, Cagayan, 4; Quirino and Nueva Vizcaya, 2 each, while Batanes province maintained its zero rabies case.

On the other hand, Dr. Emma Ludan, Chief of the Livestock Division-Department of Agriculture, said the advocacy and campaign on responsible pet ownership and other factors to lessen the rabies cases in the region has also been heightened.

“Because Isabela has the highest number of cases, we planned to conduct the observation of the World Rabies Prevention Day in Santiago City in September to inform and educate the public on responsible pet ownership,” Ludan said.

Aside from the regular dog vaccination, the veterinarian in each municipality will also do its massive information campaign and education to dog owners to be responsible in tending their pet dogs.

Ludan said the task force will soon pass a resolution declaring Batanes as rabies free province of maintaining zero rates in the past years up to this year. (PNA)

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