PHO has limited vaccines for rabies

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Friday, July 4, 2014


NEGRENSES were warned anew by the Provincial Health Office (PHO) about the dangers of rabies from dog bites as PHO chief Dr. Ernell Tumimbang disclosed that they have only limited supply of anti-rabies vaccines.

Tumimbang said the Department of Health (DOH) has been addressing the problem on rabies by providing anti-rabies vaccines for dogs and for patients who are bitten by dogs.

He said the Provincial Government is providing assistance to health centers in cases of dog bites, however, only two of the four dosages can be provided for free and the rest should be addressed by the patients.

"The problem is if the patient can't afford it. That's why the local government units should come up with ordinances on responsible dog ownership to decrease dog bites incidents," Tumimbang said.

"Awareness about rabies is the key to prevention," he added.

Tumimbang said that pet owners should be responsible in taking care of their dogs and should have their pets vaccinated.

“People should understand dog bites. They should refrain from the traditional practice like putting garlic on the affected area when a person has been bitten by a dog,” he said.

Tumimbang said that most of the dog bite victims are from far-flung villages whose residents have no access to anti-rabies vaccines and information on dog bites.

Rabies is a human infection that occurs after a transdermal bite or scratch by an infected animal, like dogs and cats. It can be transmitted when infectious material, usually saliva, comes into direct contact with a victim’s fresh skin lesions.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 04, 2014.

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