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JAPOHR-JICA, DOH and Bulacan launch rabies data shared system
By: PPAO
Monday, 11 October 2021
CITY OF MALOLOS- Japan and Philippines One Health Rabies project -Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Department of Health (DOH) in partnership with the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine and the province of Bulacan launched the Rabies Data Shared System during the virtual celebration of World Rabies Day 2021 recently.

Akira Nishizono, chief adviser of JAPOHR-JICA from Oita University said that Bulacan is the first place in the world to use this data shared system.

"OITA university is the major partner to develop this shared system. I believe this system will provide all supportive information that ensure we're not left behind from rabies free world. Let's work together to eliminate rabies by 2030," Nishizono said.

Determined to have a rabies-free province, Gov. Daniel R. Fernando appreciated the efforts of partner agencies who tirelessly contribute to keep a healthy Bulacan.

"Maraming salamat po sa lahat ng mga ahensiya at organisasyon na patuloy na umaalalay sa atin upang makamit ang isang malusog na lalawigan tulad na lamang ng pagiging rabies-free ng Bulacan. Kaisa po ninyo ako sa inyong patuloy na pagpapahalaga sa kalusugan ng ating mga mamamayan na siyang kayamanan ng ating lalawigan. Naniniwala po ako na ang malusog na lipunan ay pundasyon ng totoong kaunlaran at katiwasayan," Fernando said.

Meanwhile, Dr. Beatriz Quiambao, chief- clinical research division of RITM and project coordinator on the Philippine site for JAPOHR, said that this will be a game changer in the fight against rabies.

"The rabies data shared system application that JAPOHR developed will allow sharing of information to enable a quick response to confirmed animal rabies case and will enhance collaboration between the animal and human health side. We expect to implement it and eventually reach our shared goal of establishing a one health rabies network in Bulacan that can be replicated in other provinces," Quiambao shared.

Moreover, Dr. Reildrin Morales, director of the Bureau of Animal Industry of the Department of Agriculture, said that this year's theme, "Facts not Fear", is very much appropriate under the present circumstance that the world is in.

"Despite the pandemic, it is important that we should not lose focus of eliminating rabies. We can help save lives by sharing the right information about rabies," Morales added.

The Provincial Veterinary Office also reported that they have vaccinated 55,829 pets in 2020 and 63,329 as of September 20, 2021; conducted 333 mass spays and neuters in 2020 and 97 for 2021; and did rabies test and submitted samples to DA-RFO3 for confirmation where from seven samples in 2020, four were positive and in 10 samples this year, six turned out to be positive of rabies.

Meanwhile, there were nine human rabies deaths reported in 2018, six in 2019, seven in 2020 and 11 during the first semester of 2021 and the animal bite cases reported were 33,249 in 2018, 34082 in 2019, 35,691 in 2020 and 21, 971 for the first two quarters of 2021.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Jocelyn Gomez shared the steps on what to do after a dog bite that include washing of the bite area under running water and soap for 10-15 minutes and immediately go to the nearest Animal Bite Treatment Center (ABTC), while Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Voltaire Basinang said that quarantining the dog for at least 10 days is also necessary. ###

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