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PIA Press Release
2009/06/06

Tandok now prohibited in Tabuk

by L. Lopez

Tabuk, Kalinga (6 June) -- The long crusade of putting an end to the malpractice of tandok on dog bite victims is finally realized with the passing of an ordinance by the Sangguniang Panlunsod of Tabuk.

Provincial Epidemics and Surveillance Unit (PESU) Officer Jose Pardito Jr said anyone found practicing the tandok shall be fined at least P2,000, as provided under the ordinance.

Tabuk is next to Rizal municipality to pass an ordinance penalizing individuals administering the tandok, as this is proven to be of no use on the eradication of rabies.

Pardito revealed that a certain Ronald Buado of Barangay Calanan died of rabies three months after being beaten by a rabid dog and did not go for medical treatment but instead went to the tandok.

Before the passing of the ordinance, the PESU tolerated those doing the tandok but advised them to instruct the patient to just the same see the animal bite center for medical treatment.

Pardito hailed the passing of this ordinance as a strong support to the control and prevention of rabies in Tabuk and asks other municipalities to follow suit, citing the alarming rate of rabies cases in the province.

He noted that in Rizal municipality where the local government gave strong support to the program, it has zero rabies case for three years now.

When we say strong support, we mean the program becomes a priority of the local government unit and thereby getting regular budget for its activities, Pardito explained.

He mentioned how model towns in the country were able to totally eradicate rabies in their areas with the conduct of regular vaccination of dogs funded from their local appropriations.

This can also happen in our place if we keep the advocacy against rabies, saying that prevention is still better than cure and this is most effective when we have our dogs vaccinated, he said. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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