No rabies incident in Zambo in 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 18:23

Nobody in Zamboanga City had ever been infected with rabies from cat and dog bites, but this was in 2014, according the City Health Office.

Dr. Rodel Agbulos reported during the weekly press briefing in City Hall Monday that the city had zero case of rabies last year. “This was a big achievement for Zamboanga in 2014,” he said.

For this year, the CHO continues monitoring of rabies infections but the number of cat and dog bite cases have reached 5,574 todate.

Zamboanga City is currently observing the the Anti-Rabies Awareness Month, being observed nationwide every March of each year.

The annual activity formally kicked off last week with a motorcade that started from the CHO in Pettit Barracks, passing through the main thoroughfares downtown up to Pasonanca park, where a short program followed.

In another development, Dr. Agbulos told the press briefing that the CHO in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH) and the Zamboanga City Medical Center continues to provide free health services and other interventions to the internally displaced persons (IDPs) at the Masepla transitory site in Mampang.

He said daily consultations are scheduled every morning and afternoon from Monday to Friday. Health personnel to include physicians and an ambulance are on standby in the area every day and that emergency cases at night are referred to the ?CMC.

With this, Dr. Agbulos, stressed that the city government’s health interventions for the IDPs, particularly those at Masepla, are taking good effects and had proven effective considering the significant decrease in the number of deaths for the past four weeks at the said transitory site.

He said another health center is being constructed and nearly completed at Masepla. It is a project funded by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Additional CHO personnel will be assigned there once the ICRC health facility is completed, Agbulos added.— Vic Larato