The Provincial Veterinary Office yesterday said they will kick-off their rabies action plan next month in the Fifth District of Negros Occidental, where a high incidence of rabies cases was noted in 2018.
Provincial Veterinarian, Dr. Renante Decena, said in a statement that the Fifth District is the priority of the program as canine rabies cases is highest in the area, or 18 out of the 33 cases in the whole of Negros Occidental.
The district covers Himamaylan City and the towns of Hinigaran, Binalbagan, Isabela, La Castellana, and Moises Padilla.
Decena said that concerned local government units in the fifth district agreed to conduct a simultaneous dog vaccination, starting from the high-risk barangays, then the border barangays until the whole district is saturated.
The conduct of simultaneous dog vaccination aims to cover at least 70 percent of the total dog population in the shortest possible time, in order to contain the spread of rabies virus to neighboring cities and municipalities, he said.
The Fifth District has been very supportive of the strategies and measures to be undertaken in curbing the threat of rabies, Decena also said.
“Some LGUs with higher number of available canine rabies vaccines also expressed their willingness to let other LGUs in the district borrow their stocks while their own vaccine procurement is still on process,” he said.
An information and education campaign about rabies will also be conducted during the dog vaccination in every barangay, and the PVO will create a team composed of veterinarians and other personnel, who will assist in the vaccination activity and IEC, Decena said.
He urged Negrenses to actively participate in the activities being implemented by their LGUs to control or eradicate the spread of the deadly disease and do their share by being responsible pet owners.*
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