Bacolod City beefs up anti-rabies efforts
Bacolod City (18 June) -- The City Veterinary Office reported that for the period January to June this year, 22,877 animals have been served by the office.
The report on Rabies Control and Eradication to the Office of the City Mayor also contained the plan of the city veterinary office to mass vaccinate at least 20,000 dogs in 61 barangays of the city and to have an average walk-in Rabies Vaccination of 1,200 dogs in a year.
The office will continue with its Dog Pound Catching Operation as a year-long activity and the conduct of information and education campaign in the barangay level at the onset of every vaccination campaign.
Of the 22,877 animals served, 784 of which represent walk-in clients while 22,093 were served during the mass vaccination campaign. The City Veterinary's Office Anti-Rabies Campaign also includes cats, among other animals.
Bacolod's AIP Funds pertaining to rabies eradication as of December 2009 is equivalent to 1,950 vials or 19,500 doses of the anti-rabies vaccine. The city also received a boost from donation from the Bill and Melinda Gates Rabies Program equivalent to 2,351 vials or 23,510 doses of the vaccine.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation fund is a World Health Organization coordinated project which aims to control and eventually eliminate rabies in low-income countries.
Based on the DOH records, the estimated total dog population in Western Visayas in 2009 is 807,197. (PIA/EAD) [top]