LEGAZPI CITY, June 21 (PNA) -– The Legazpi City Veterinary Office (CVO) has recorded a total of 16,442 dogs vaccinated in 68 out of the 70 villages of this city.
This was done during the recently-conducted high-density vaccination spearheaded by the city anti-rabies vaccination team, Dr. Nancy Andes, city veterinary officer, said Tuesday.
Andes said her office is now in the process of surveying the dog owners in the two remaining barangays and surely the number of dogs to be vaccinated will increase after the vaccination work of the team will be finished, probably next week.
Anti-rabies vaccination is an annual activity of the CVO as part of eliminating the negative effects of animal bites as well as to maintain the city's status as a zero-rabies territory.
Rabies is a virus that may affect the brain and spinal cord of the people, which may cause loss of appetite, weakness and death of the victim.
Andes said that based on the data gathered from the City Health Office, in 2015, the CHO posted 1,650 animal bites -- usually by dogs and cats.
“In the first five months of 2016, the CHO recorded 375 animal bites but we have no death case from rabies virus because we strictly implement the dog vaccination program in the barangays,” she added.
The city veterinarian urged all pet owners to always make themselves responsible for caring their pets to lessen the cases of animal bite.
At the age of three months, the dogs and cats should be vaccinated already and the owners of the animals should always consult a veterinarian regarding the status of the health of their animals, Andes said.
After this anti-rabies vaccination, the CVO will conduct stray dog elimination in order to prevent the widespread circulation of rabies virus in the community, she said.
The CVO will also have a search for Outstanding Barangay Health Workers in December with the following criteria: 100-percent dog population survey, 100-percent rabies vaccination as well as rabies awareness and participation in programs in the barangay concerning rabies.
It will also select three best performing large barangays and three small villages under the criteria of 100-percent dog vaccination, zero stray dogs, programs implemented and ordinance enacted related to rabies control.(PNA) FFC/FGS/EPS/CBD