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LGUs in Bicol are being urged to boost up their anti-rabies efforts.

LEGAZPI CITY, PHILIPPINES – To protect the public’s health and safety, the Department of Health in Bicol (DOH-5) is urging local government units (LGUs) to enforce their anti-rabies rule.

Aida Ruby Jeremias, DOH-5 Rabies Program Coordinator, urged local leaders to allocate finances for the implementation of anti-rabies measures in an interview on Thursday.

“Sa ating pong mga local government units at sa ating pong mga local government officials and doon po sa mga kakandidato na mahahalal ngayong eleksyon, ina-advocate namin at pinapakiusap namin na sana bigyan naman po ng pondo, funding yung pagbili ng anti-rabies vaccine for animalsΒ (To our local government units and local government officials and to candidates who will be elected, we are advocating and appealing that you allocate funds for the purchase anti-rabies vaccines for animals).”

According to Jeremias, a total of 28 accredited animal bite treatment centers have been built throughout the Bicol region to provide immunization, screening, and care of all animal bite cases, as well as investigate reported human rabies cases and other associated operations.

She stated that this is one of the DOH-5’s programs to address bite incidents and rabies mortality.

“Igwa na po kitang 28 kasi may nadagdag na palan na na-certified animal bite facility,” says the author. There are currently 28 animal bite centers in Bicol (we have 28 because there is another licensed animal center.) As a result, we now have 28 animal bite centers in Bicol,” Jeremias explained.

She added that rural health units (RHU) are also encouraged to send their bite cases to the province’s designated animal bite clinics.

“Meron po tayong mga na-establish ang biting center (All provinces have built a bite center),” Jeremias explained.

Albay, Camarines Norte, and Catanduanes each have three centers, whereas Camarines Sur has eight, Sorsogon seven, and Masbate four.

In 2021, 90 percent of the region’s total animal population was vaccinated against rabies, according to Jeremias.

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