Anti-rabies vaccines arrive in Iloilo-A A +A
Friday, August 16, 2013
THE Provincial Veterinary Office in Iloilo received Friday, 9,864 vials of anti-rabies vaccines from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to support the province’s Accelerated Rabies Termination (ART) program.
The last batch of vaccines, which is worth P2 million, was in addition to the 3,000 vials the foundation previously gave last March.
Provincial veterinarian Dr. Silvino Teodosio Jr. said the vaccines should be immediately distributed to the 42 municipalities and one component city.
“We are expected to give out all of these vaccines today. We have already alerted all mayors in the province of its arrival,” he said.
Teodosio said all municipal agriculture technicians, with the help of their paravets, were tasked to renew their respective massive vaccination campaign throughout the province.
He also said there is a possibility of surpassing the 70 percent vaccination coverage this year.
Iloilo province has a total of 289,856 registered dogs, 70 percent (202,899) of which must be vaccinated to establish herd immunity.
The province was able to vaccinate 77.07 percent of its dog population in 2012, 91.66 percent in 2011 and 85.57 percent in 2010.
Teodosio said the foundation’s support to the province’s ART program helped lessen human rabies cases from 16 deaths in 2005 to only one this year.
The recent victim of rabies was a 14-year-old girl from a remote village in Passi City. (PR)