Davao City records first rabies death in 2023

Davao City records first rabies death in 2023

DAVAO City records one death due to a rabies-infected animal bite, as confirmed by the City Health Office (CHO) on April 28.

During the Kapihan sa PIA press conference, CHO officer-in-charge Dr. Marjorie Culas said the victim was a female senior citizen, around the age of 72 years old, from Barangay Indangan.

According to Culas, the victim was feeding stray animals and was bitten by a rabid stray dog. The victim most probably did not seek consultation and medical treatment against rabies.

“Nalipay na unta ko kay gikan (I was happy because from) January to mid-April, we had no deaths. Until isang araw, mayroon nag-report na may namatay na matanda (we received a report that an elderly died) (because of rabies),” she said.

Culas said it was the first rabies-related death this 2023. Last year, there were a total of 13 deaths in Davao City.

In addition, Culas urges the public to utilize the services of the city’s Animal Bite Treatment Center at Magallanes Street, which caters to around 300 to 400 patients a day. There are also branches in Barangays Toril and Tugbok.

Culas clarifies that the center also accepts 50 patients who are members of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) and qualified for PhilHealth claims.

Dr. Ace Culas, officer-in-charge of the Animal Bite Treatment Center, said that rabies is fatal if there are symptoms. He said the first aid for animal bite should include washing the wound with soap and water for ten to 15 minutes and applying an antiseptic solution, like alcohol or betadine.

“If dili maagapan, kamatayon gyud ang kapadulngan (If it’s not prevented, it will lead to death). Maski gamay ra, atong gina-awhag ang atong pasyente nga magpa-checkup, ngadto ta makabalo kung unsay angay nga buhaton (We encourage the patients to seek medical consultation so they know what to do),” the OIC said during an interview with the Madayaw Davao TV. ICM


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