In Pangasinan, rabies deaths have decreased by 30%.
Seven rabies-related deaths have been reported by the Provincial Health Office (PHO) in 2022, which is a 30% decrease from the 10 cases in 2021.
Dr. Cielo Almoite, provincial health officer for public health service, stated in a virtual forum held by the Philippine Information Agency in Pangasinan on Tuesday that the number of rabies cases in the province has been declining since 2018 as a result of the level of awareness among the populace regarding receiving anti-rabies shots if bitten by an animal.
14 cases, according to her, were reported in 2018, 13, 11, 10, 20, 21, and 7 in 2022.
Only rabies cases that result in death are reported, according to the PHO. The remaining cases are simply categorized as animal bite incidents.
She stated that as of March 1 this year, there were no known rabies cases in the province.
Almoite claimed that although the provincial government’s and the Provincial Veterinary Office’s efforts have been successful, they are still working to eradicate all cases.
She stated that there are currently 28 Animal Bite Treatment Centers in the province.
“More people are receiving rabies immunizations in the centers on an annual basis. Even while some people still use the conventional method or the supsup, they also use the vaccines, she continued.
Almoite reminded the populace that the rabies vaccine for people who have been bitten by an animal is accessible and free, despite limited availability.
Alaminos City, Bolinao, Aguilar, Tayug, San Fabian, Sta. Barbara, and Mangatarem municipalities are among the towns and cities where rabies cases have been reported.
Adults or children under 15 make up the majority of the victims.
The majority of the victims, according to her, “failed to inform their parents about the occurrence of biting and were unable to receive the anti-rabies [vaccine],” she said.
Dr. Ronaldo Abarra, a veterinarian in Alaminos City, claimed in the same forum that they are aggressively contacting local pet owners to encourage them to vaccinate their animals.
According to the World Health Organization, rabies must be prevented by vaccinating 70% of a region’s dog and cat population. We also urged pet owners to exercise responsibility and emphasized the need for no stray animals in public areas, the man added.
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