Beng to city folks: Have your pets vaccinated against rabies PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 March 2014 13:09

Mayor Beng Climaco yesterday urged residents of this city to have their animal pets like cats and dogs vaccinated against the dreaded rabies, citing City Health Office reports that cats and dogs carry rabies that are dangerous to human beings.

Mayor Climaco joined City Veterinarian Dr. Mario Ariola and City Health Officer Dr. Rodel Agbulos in the launching yesterday morning of the Rabies Awareness Month this March at Southcom Elementary School, where four pupils suffered cat bites last year.

She recalled her sad experience during her childhood when she was attacked by seven German shepherds, for which she was given 21 anti-rabies shots.

“That is why it is important for us to have our pets vaccinated against rabies because it is very expensive to undergo anti-rabies shots at P1,500 per shot in private hospitals,” the lady mayor said.

For his part, Dr. Agbulos challenged barangay and school officials to rid their surroundings not only of stray dogs but also stray cats, stressing both domesticated animals carry the deadly rabies.

He said Calarian belongs to top 10 barangays with most cases of rabies; it ranks No. 5.

According to him, the city registered a total of 4,535 dog bites last year. Of the total, 2,385 were males and 2,150 were females. However, there was only one mortality of rabies last year compared to two cases in the previous year.

“This only shows that our campaign has improved and we hope this year we will improve further,” he said.— Vic Larato