City Vet steps up anti-rabies drive PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 17 March 2012 14:33

The City Government through the City Veterinarian Office continues its aggressive campaign against rabies as it commemorates the National Rabies Awareness Month.

Aside from the regular free vaccination services that are routinely offered at the City Veterinarian’s Office in San Roque, including the 5 district-offices in Quiniput, Taloptap, M anicahan, Culianan and Ayala, a special free-vaccination services are also carried out by the same office.

On Wednesday, Sta. Maria was chosen as venue of the said services which primarily aimed to immunize pets and other domesticated animals specifically dogs and cats.

City Veterinarian Mario Arriola said his office was tapped by officials of Barangay Zone II to catch stray dogs. According to Arriola, the said operation will be carried out tonight in the said barangay and nearby premises.

Further, in the curative aspect, the City Government thru the City Health Office is subsidizing the administration of anti-rabies vaccines in cases of dog bites.
For the 4-session curative approach, the patients will only pay P300 per session as compared to a private animal bite center where a bite victim may spend as much as P6, 000, almost six times the value if administered in CHO with about P1, 200 for the entire session.

City Health Officer Rodel Agbulos is advising the public to take rabies seriously and do not take dog bites lightly because majority of the causes of rabies cases are contributed by dog bites.

From 2009 to present, there were 4 patients who died of rabies infection, two of them were caused by dog bites while one was caused by a bite from a domesticated cat and the other was from a wild cat or locally known as gatorgalla. 

For 2011, 4, 030 animal bites were recorded and majority of these instances were contributed by dogs. That’s the reason why the City had aptly chosen the theme “Working Together for a Rabies-Free Zamboanga: Register and Vaccinate Your Pets.”

The same record also showed that majority of the victims of animal bites are children from 15 years old and below. As such, the Department of Education, Department of Health and City Veterinarian’s Office will conduct a series of symposia for Elementary and High School students, expectedly in the middle of this month. — Richard Aliangan