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Bulacan targets to vaccinate 100,000 dogs, cats
Monday, 24 February 2014
CITY OF MALOLOS – In line with the celebration of Rabies Awareness Month this March, approximately 100,000 dogs and cats are targeted by the Provincial Government of Bulacan thru the Provincial Veterinary Office for its anti-rabies free vaccination drive this year.

Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado said that aside from the massive free vaccination, the event also aims to disseminate correct information to the Bulakenyos on how to stay safe, save lives if exposed to rabies and prevent their pets to acquire the said fatal disease.

According to Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Voltaire Basinang, this year’s theme “Sa Tamang Pag-aalaga ng Aso, Rabis ay Makaiiwas Tayo” will kick off on March 3, 2014 at the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium during the Monday Flag Raising Ceremony at 8:00 in the morning. The motorcade will also be held in the same day at the City of San Jose Del Monte.

“Kabilang sa mga nakalinyang aktibidad sa veterinary medical mission na ito ang apat na gawain: Information, Education and Communication (IEC) campaign, libreng konsultasyon, libreng pagkakapon o kastrasyon at spaying at libreng pagbabakuna laban sa rabis sa mga alagang aso at pusa. Kasama din dito ang free neutering, deworming at mange treatment,” Basinang said.

The PVO partners with barangay officials, barangay health workers, and community workers such as Lingkod Lingap sa Nayon (LLN), and Mother Leaders for the implementation of the activity.
The governor also reiterates the importance of responsible pet ownership to prevent the spread of rabies.

Free anti-rabies vaccination for dogs and cats will be held in areas with high animal bite cases last 2013 such as Graceville, San Jose Del Monte on March 5; March 6-Gaya-gaya, CSJDM; March 7-Muzon, SJDM; March 11-San Jose, Calumpit; March 12-San Mateo, Norzagaray and Marungko, Angat; March 13-Guiguinto; March 14-Santa Maria; March 18-San Miguel; March 19- Santol, Burol 2nd, and San Juan, Balagtas; March 20-Meycauayan; March 21-Bulakan; March 25-Malolos; March 26-Tabe, Malis, Ilang-Ilang, and Tiaong in Guiguinto; March 27-Obando; March 28-Hagonoy; April 1-Paombong; April 3-Hagonoy; and April 4-Pandi.

Prior to this, an anti-rabies vaccination and information dissemination in the municipalities of Bustos, Santa Maria, Paombong, Hagonoy and Pandi will be conducted starting February 26-28 and April 1-4.

Last year, at least 90,000 dogs and cats were vaccinated and 58% of people had completed treatments from a total of 26, 798 persons who were bitten and are suspected with rabies. Further, 13 human rabies cases dies.

If a person is bitten by a dog or a cat, immediately wash the affected area with soap and clean water, never seek treatment from a tandok and immediately go to the nearest health center or hospital.

Rabies is a deadly viral disease that can be transmitted to humans through animal bites or if the saliva of the infected animal comes in contact with a person’s fresh or open wounds, eyes, nose and mouth, aerosol transmission, wrong vaccination, and tissue and organ transplants. ###

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