TABUK CITY, Kalinga -- The Provincial Anti-rabies Coordinating Council moved to revitalize Bantay Rabis sa Barangay councils towards a rabies-free Kalinga.
Provincial Anti-rabies Program coordinator Jose Pardito Jr. revealed bantay rabies councils were earlier organized as community-based bodies already proven to be effective in implementing rabies control and prevention efforts in the province.
With the on-going provincewide PACC-spearheaded drive towards a rabies-free Kalinga by 2020, revitalizing community-based organizations is in wanting, Pardito explained.
Bantay rabis sa barangay councils are group of volunteers tasked to perform crucial work including the inventory and profiling of pet dogs in the barangays to assure efficient conduct of canine anti-rabies vaccinations.
The inventory and profiling of pet dogs is necessary to avoid being missed from getting vaccinated, according to Pardito.
The councils have trained volunteer vaccinators who could assist in house-to-house dog vaccinations to assure widest reach of the program.
The massive campaign for zero rabies in the province is also supporting the global aim for rabies-free countries. (Larry Lopez)