Zambo rabies cases drop to 1 in 2013 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 10 February 2014 11:25

Intensified anti-rabies drives initiated by the Office of the City Veterinarian resulted in the continuous drop in human rabies cases in Zamboanga City in 2013.

From three cases in 2012, human rabies cases in 2013 slumped to only 1, according to City Veterinarian Dr. Mario Arriola, who is closely coordinating with members of the Zamboanga City Rabies Control and Eradication Coordinating Council (ZCRCECC) and other agencies to ensure sustained momentum in the campaigns.

The solo human rabies case was registered in barangay Vitali, a farflung village, according to Arriola. In 2011, only one case was also reported in the city.

For 2013, a total of 5,029 animal bite victims received post exposure treatment from bite treatment centers at the City Health Office and the Zamboanga City Medical Center.

Records from the City Health Office show that the 10 barangays with highest reported animal bite incidences in 2013 are Tetuan with 301 cases; Pasonanca 279; Tumaga 251; Sta Maria 238; Upper Calarian 228; Putik 206; San Roque 195; Ayala 164; Tugbungan 162; Guiwan 146; Mampang 146; Cabatangan 145; Manicahan 115; and Canelar with 101 cases.

Aside from the CHO and the ZCMC, other animal bite treatment centers in the city where animal bite victims can avail of post exposure treatment are at the Labuan Community Hospital, Ayala Lying-In Wellness Center, Cristino M Paragas Memorial Hospital and Vitali Lying In Wellness Center.

The Regional Animal Diseases Diagnostic Laboratory under the Department of Agriculture regional office also revealed that  9 out of 16 dog’s heads examined were found positive of rabies.

Ariola said 9,381 animals received anti-rabies shots in 2013.

He stressed that the stepped-up drive against rabies reported breakthroughs since the approval of Ordinance 242 in 2003 otherwise known as the Rabies Control and Eradication Ordinance of Zamboanga City.

Meanwhile, the ZCRCECC chaired by Mayor Beng Climaco has lined up various activities in observance of Rabies Awareness Month in March intended to drum up awareness on rabies complemented by mass immunization of dogs.

The activities include motorcade on March 5 at 8am followed by the opening program, symposium and film showing on rabies, press conference and animal anti-rabies vaccination activities at the Southcom Elementary School and other veterinary districts in the city. — Sheila Covarrubias