Iloilo steps up drive vs. rabies

ILOILO – The provincial government enjoins dog owners to have their pets vaccinated this month to prevent the spread of rabies.

An on-going dog vaccination is currently held in Bingawan, Carles, Estancia, Sara, Balasan, San Dionisio, Barotac Viejo, Ajuy, Lemery, San Rafael, Batad, Concepcion and Passi City.

A total of 3,000 vials of anti-rabies vaccines from Governor Arthur Defensor Sr.’s Accelerated Rabies Termination (ART) Program are being used for this campaign, according to Dr. Daryl Tabuada of the Provincial Veterinary Office.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation also delivered additional 3,611 vials of anti-rabies vaccines on Wednesday and the Department of Health Region 6 augmented 850 vials.

The intensified vaccination is also part Rabies Awareness Month with a theme “Working Together for a Rabies-Free Philippines”.

The province of Iloilo has a total of 289,856 registered dogs as of December 2013. Of the total population, 70% or 202,899 heads must be vaccinated to establish herd immunity.

In 2012, the province was able to vaccinate 77.07% of its dog population, while 91.66% in 2011 and 85.57% in 2010.

Cash for Work

Meanwhile, Tabuada said that the cash-for-work for livestock and poultry population has started in the abovementioned municipalities.

Under the program, five qualified vaccinators will be hired in each barangays to administer or conduct vaccination, deworming, treatment and vitamin supplementation on animals. They will work for ten days and will be paid with P277.00 daily.

The program, which is funded by Department of Agriculture, aims to provide additional income to farmers and raisers affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda. (Jezza A. Nepomoceno/Capitol News)




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