Dog walk caps World Rabies Day Sept 28 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 13:34

Mayor Beng Climaco led the city government’s observance of the World Rabies Day at Jardin Maria Clara, Pasonanca Sunday morning.

Bringing all three of her dogs, the mayor and fellow pet owners braved the inclement weather to participate in the dog walk spearheaded by the Office of the City Veterinarian.

City Veterinarian Dr. Mario Arriola said the event was in line with the celebration of World Rabies Day, a global movement to raise awareness on rabies and rabies-caused sufferings.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), rabies is a disease that is transmitted from animals to humans. It is known to be present in more than 150 countries and territories and on all continents except Antarctica. It is estimated that tens of thousands of deaths occur annually from rabies with more human deaths occur in Asia than anywhere else in the world with Africa not far behind in numbers.

Some 84% of deaths from rabies occur in rural areas, with 4 out of every 10 deaths being a child.

Rabies is a vaccine-preventable disease. Countries embarking on rabies elimination programs have experienced successful marked reductions and eventual elimination of rabies. Mass canine vaccination programs constitute a large part of a rabies elimination programs that should cover at least 70% of the canine population.

Safe, effective vaccines can be used for pre-exposure immunization in people as well. Use of the intradermal vaccine has a cost savings of 60-80% in comparison to the intramuscular vaccine, and may be a more cost-effective option for rural areas where the disease is endemic.

World Rabies Day is observed worldwide every September 28th. This year’s theme is “Together Against Rabies.”

On October 4th, the office will also stage a “Dog Fashion Show” in Pasonanca as part of the activities lined up for the upcoming Zamboanga Fiesta Hermosa 2014.

This will be preceded by a mass blessing of pet dogs in the same venue. Mayor Climaco will also lead the presentation of plaques to the three most Pet Friendly Barangay in the city. — Claudine Uniana