Residents to get reward for every rat killed

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Friday, August 1, 2014

THE Olongapo City Government is giving out cash rewards to residents for every rat they kill in their “cash for rats campaign” as the city declared August as Leptospirosis Month.

Olongapo City Mayor Rolen Paulino said the aim of the local government is to have a strong awareness campaign against the dreaded disease that once hit the city and infected more than 600 people and killed several others.

Last year, the city was hit by a leptospirosis outbreak following a massive flooding with rats suspected in spreading the disease.


"This campaign was not meant to be a livelihood for our residents, it is really an awareness campaign to let our residents know that rats equals to leptospirosis," Paulino said.

He added that the city targets zero leptospirosis case this year.

According to Wikipedia, “Leptospirosis is an infection caused by bacteria of the Leptospira type. Symptoms can range from none to mild such as headaches, muscle pains, and fevers to severe with bleeding from the lungs or meningitis. The most common animals that spread the disease are rodents. It is often transmitted by animal urine or water containing animal urine coming into contact with breaks in the skin, the eyes, mouth, nose or vagina.”

Dr. Rodrick Bustamante, head of the Olongapo City Health Office, said the program would run for the whole month of August.

"We will be giving out P10 per big rat and P5 for small ones," Bustamante said.

He added that residents could bring the dead rats at the City Health Office and then a health officer would bring the collected rats in an isolated place for proper disposal.

"Ayaw na naming maulit yung nagyari last year, and frankly speaking we have already sent out our health workers before the rainy season to give out medicines against common disease and leptospirosis," Bustamante added. (Anthony Bayarong)

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