(Only 20 vials left)CHO faces limited supply of anti-rabies vaccine PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 22 September 2018 12:57

BY R.G ANTONET GO

The City Health Office (CHO) is facing a limited supply of anti-rabies vaccine or Verorab, a medication used to treat hundreds of animal bite patients in the city.

Dr. Rosanna Arquiza, City Rabies Coordinator, said that only 20 vials are left to be given to patients, numbering a hundred per day.

The city has P4.2-million for the purchase of the anti-rabies vaccine, but there had been several failed biddings due to the unavailability of the vaccines globally.

Verorab is being given intradermaly as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).  Each vial of Verorab can be used for two patients for intradermal injection.

Once the medicines are used up, patients will have to be grouped and share the cost of medicines costing P1,900 per vial.

Zamboanga is the only city in Region 9 which allocates funds for the purchase of anti-rabies vaccines.

The CHO ABTC currently gets the vaccines from the Department of Health (DOH) and given for free.

For vaccines purchased by the city from private sources, the patient has to pay the amount of P300 per injection as stated under City Ordinance 241, the Zamboanga City Rabies Control and Eradication Ordinance.

At least P1,800 is being charged from patients for the vaccine in private hospitals.

From January to June 2018, the office has served 4,274 new cases of animal bites while for 2017, the office registered 6,945 cases of animal bites.

The office is serving 100 patients per day.

Arquiza said that the increase in cases could mean that people are more aware on the dire effects of rabies.

She also said that this signals an increase in stray animals in the city.

Animal-bite patients can go to CHO ABTC, Mindanao Central Sanitarium, Labuan Hospital, Zamboanga City Medical Center, Quiniput Hospital and some private hospitals for anti-rabies treatment.

"Since tiene grande problema ara na unavailability del vaccines globally ta pidi iyo be responsible pet owners," Arquiza said. (RGAAGo)