Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena said the deaths from rabies in Negros Occidental are “very alarming” as there is a spike in the number this year compared to the same period last year.
As of yesterday, 10 fatalities were reported in the province. The recent death was recorded in Barangay Alim, Hinoba-an October 10, data from the Provincial Veterinary Office showed.
Other rabies deaths were reported in Barangay Poblacion in Toboso, Barangay Inayawan in Cauayan, Barangay Bagroy in Binalbagan, Barangay Bulata in Cauayan, Barangay Old Sagay in Sagay City, Barangay Caradio-an in Himamaylan City, Barangay Ilijan in Bago City, Barangay Quintin Remo in Moises Padilla, and Barangay Talaban in Himamaylan City.
Decena said only seven rabies deaths were recorded last year. He added this could be because of lack of vaccines.
He said the budget allocation of the Department of Health and Department of Agriculture for vaccines is not enough, although the provincial government has a counterpart for rabies vaccines.
He said the PVO is proposing P5 million allocation for 2020 for this program to address rabies cases in the province. But during the budget review and hearing, it was recommended that the allocation will be included in the supplemental budget next year, thus, it was not appropriated in the annual budget that was already approved by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan this week, he added.
He also appealed to the local government units to buy vaccines for their localities.
Meanwhile, the PVO report showed that 119,934 dogs were vaccinated this year.*
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