DOH eyes anti-rabies shots for 10M dogs in 2 years

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

MANILA -- In two years, the Department of Health (DOH) is looking to be able to vaccinate about 10 million dogs around the country.

In an interview, DOH Spokesperson Dr. Eric Tayag disclosed that the health department is having discussions with the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) on how to go about the vaccination program.

“Nasa pagpupulong at nag-uusap para malaman paano mababakunahan ang ganoong karaming mga aso. Bawat sampung Pilipino, may isang aso, so malamang may sampung milyong aso. 'Yun ang target natin,” said Tayag.


He said the DOH wants to complete the process within two years in a bid to remove rabies as a public health threat.

“Balak na ng DOH, na sa dalawang taon, sa buong Pilipinas, magbabakuna na sa lahat ng aso. Para sa ganun, maging rabies-free na ang ating bansa,” said Tayag.

Rabies is a viral neuro-invasive disease that causes inflammation of the brain to a person bitten by an infected animal, normally dogs.

Among the symptoms of rabies include headache, fever, acute pain, violent movements, uncontrolled excitement, depression, and inability to swallow water.

On the other hand, the DOH official urged those who were bitten by dogs to immediately seek medical attention and receive anti-rabies vaccination shots.

“Huwag balewalain kung nakagat ng aso. Ang importante, magpunta sa ospital at magpakuna tayo,” said Tayag.

Earlier, the DOH reported that San Lazaro Hospital had managed to handle some 1,000 dog bite victims just within the period of December 30 to January 1. (HDT/Sunnex)

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