Antique to purchase own anti-rabies shots

SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique -- Local government units (LGUs) in Antique are urged to hire additional vaccinators and purchase their own anti-rabies vaccines so the rabies prevention and control program in the province could take off.

Manolito C. Delgado, Provincial Canine Rabies Coordinator of the Provincial Veterinary Office, said in an interview on Friday that some 29,397 dogs out of the 53,719 total dog population in the province were vaccinated last year.

“We have a 54.72 percent accomplishment because of our various activities conducted to vaccinate the dogs,” he said.

He said that this accomplishment is computed out of the 70 percent targeted dog population for vaccination.

“Valderrama has a rather higher 91.72 percent accomplishment or 1,651 dogs vaccinated because the LGU has prioritized the purchase of the anti-rabies vaccines despite that it had no positive rabies case,” Delgado added.

He said that the Municipal Agriculture Officer of Valderrama town lobbied for the purchase of the anti-rabies vaccines with their local chief executive that is why it was able to attain such accomplishment.

Valderrama targeted 1,260 dogs for vaccination in 2018.

Last year, Delgado said there were nine canine rabies cases reported, with four turning out to be negative upon laboratory examination.

“The positive cases were from Bugasong, Culasi, Hamtic, San Jose de Buenavista, Sibalom, Tibiao and in Tobias Fornier,” he said.

Three human deaths were also reported last year -- the capital San Jose de Buenavista has one, and two cases from Laua-an town.

“There were also 74 stray dogs that were eliminated of which 68 were from San Jose de Buenavista,” he said.

The six other dogs eliminated were from Hamtic town.

“We received 4,000 vials of dog vaccine from the Department of Agriculture that we used in our massive anti-rabies dog vaccination,” he said.

The massive anti-rabies dog vaccinations were conducted in Culasi, Hamtic, Sibalom, Tobias Fornier, Anini-y, San Remigio, Laua-an, Barbaza, and Culasi. They also requested assistance from the Provincial Veterinary Office last year due to lack of vaccinators.

“Frequently, the reason why the anti-rabies prevention and control program could not be given focus is because of the lack of vaccinators in the LGUs,” Delgado said.

He said LGUs usually have only one vaccinator who is already overworked.

Likewise, the LGUs need to purchase their own vaccines and not just depend on DA because supply is not enough to cover the total dog population. (PNA)

Brgy. San Fernando

(C/O Precia Villavert Beach Resort)

San Jose de Buenavista

Antique, Philippines 5700

USA Tel: (718) 838-9626

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