MANILA — The Department of Health-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) recorded seven (7) cases of rabies from January 1 to March 4, 2023.
This posted 42 percent lower than reported cases during Morbidity Week 1 to 9 of 2022 with 12 cases. All reported cases got rabies from dog bites. Age ranges from 5 to 60 years old.
Batangas, Rizal, and Laguna Provinces logged the highest number of reported cases, with to (2) each, Lucena City with one case, while Cavite and Quezon have no reported cases.
This March, in celebration of Rabies Awareness month with the theme “Maging responsableng amo, huwag hayaang gumala ang alagang pusa at aso,” the DOH Calabarzon Regional Office has renewed its commitment and strengthened its campaign to eradicate the dreaded rabies disease.
DOH-CALABARZON Regional Director Ariel I. Valencia said the Regional Rabies Prevention and Control Program had raised awareness by providing technical assistance to different Local Government Units (LGUs).
“Rabies cases from January 1 to February 25, 2023 (7) are lower than last year, with 12 cases in the same period. This is a good sign that our interventions are effective. Through our Regional Rabies Prevention and Control Program, technical assistance to Animal Bite Treatment Centers has been provided, and awareness-raising activities amongst communities to end human deaths from dog-mediated rabies have been intensified,” said Regional Director Valencia.
Among the program’s component activities were Training on Animal Bite and Rabies Management for Doctors and Nurses in Hospitals, City Health Offices, and Rural Health Units, Provision of free Anti-Rabies Vaccines and Equine Rabies Immunoglobulins to animal bite patients at all Animal Bite Treatment Centers(ABTC) as well as pre-exposure prophylaxis to high-risk personnel such as Veterinarians, veterinary students, dog vaccinators, and health personnel in all ABTC and rabies laboratories.
Support to the Department of Agriculture’s Mass Dog Vaccination and Animal Population control activities through an advocacy and information campaign on Responsible Pet Ownership and Republic Act 9482 (Anti Rabies Act of 2007) was done to further multi-agency efforts in controlling and eliminating Rabies.
DOH certification of Animal Bite Treatment Centers in the Region ensures the quality of Animal Bite services.
The DOH aims to declare the Philippines a Rabies-free country by 2030 and eliminate human rabies by 2027.
Rabies is a 100% fatal viral disease though 100% preventable, most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal.
The first symptoms of rabies may be similar to the flu, including headache, fever, muscle spasms, paralysis, and hydrophobia.
The DOH continues to encourage high-risk individuals and school children aged 2-10 years old in high-incidence areas to receive pre-exposure prophylaxis because of their increased risk and severity of animal bite exposure.
Moreover, responsible pet owners are likewise advised to have their pets vaccinated.
If bitten, go immediately to the nearest Animal Bite and Treatment Center.