Boracay, Guimaras islands rabies-free in W. Visayas-A A +A
Monday, September 2, 2013
THE Department of Health (DOH) is recognizing the islands of Boracay and Guimaras as rabies-free islands in Western Visayas with fitting ceremonies slated on September 28 in Boracay, Aklan.
DOH Secretary Enrique Ona, Department of Agriculture (DA) Proceso Alcala and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas will present and award the winners that will also include health volunteers and health service providers against the proliferation of rabies in the region.
Dr. Joji Jimenez of DOH said there are more than 41,000 rabies cases in the region for 2012-2013. In the city and the province of Iloilo, there are more than 31,000 cases with Western Visayas Medical Center posting more than 17,000 cases. The province of Iloilo registered more than 13,000 cases while Iloilo City has more than 1,600 cases.
Other provinces with recorded rabies cases in the same period are Aklan with more than 4,000 cases, Antique with 4,300 cases and Capiz with 3,000 cases.
The campaign for rabies-free Boracay and Guimaras started more than five years ago and both islands are now free of rabies cases.