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DOH-8 posts anti-rabies advisories in EV portal entries

by Gay B. Gaspay

Tacloban City, Leyte (7 September) -- As part of its awareness campaign to celebrate September 8 as World Rabies Day, the Department of Health (DOH) regional office -8 has started posting of Anti-Rabies advisories in different portal entries of Eastern Visayas

In an interview with DOH-8 Rabies coordinator Boyd Cerro, he said that Anti-rabies advisories were posted in Tacloban City, Ormoc City, Baybay, Palompon, Hilongos earlier this week and intend to continue the same move in other parts of the region in places where tourist and visitors choose as their entry point in visiting Eastern Visayas.

The advisory awareness text likewise includes advise such as RABIES KILLS, in case bitten by a dog, to have yourself checked up by medical professionals or doctors and to go to the nearest hospital or rural health centers.

This way, Mr. Cerro said can lessen our region's mortality rate. Last year 2006, region 8, ranked 5 in the entire country to have mortality cases of Rabies.

With the mere budget of 15,000 DOH was able to make more than 30 big tarpolens he added. And has come up with strategies where to post said advisories.

The idea of posting Anti-Rabies advisory came about when two Japanese tourist died last year (2006) after bitten by a stray dog while having their vacation in the Philippines and exhibited symptoms of rabies several mos. after, when they were back home in Japan. They were able to trace that the genetic frequency of the virus were gotten while they were bitten by the Philippine dog.

The Department of Health-8 supports the Dept. of Agriculture campaign on Anti-Rabies Awareness campaign, Boyd further said. They are also into curriculum integration of the subject in elementary schools, probably an early age awareness among our children will lessen our cases of rabies.

Rabies came from a rhabdoviridae virus and can be transmitted from the bites of infected animal to human beings. Excreted in the saliva of infected animal and is usually fatal once the signs and symptoms are exhibited by the victim.

In Tacloban City, City Mayor Alfred Romualdez has also started its campaign of empounding stray dogs per barangay. It can be noted that city dwellers seldom sees stray dogs in the streets roaming around this days. (PIA-8) [top]

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