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Kalinga eyes zero death from rabies

by L. Lopez

Tabuk, Kalinga (24 October) -- The province is eyeing to post zero death from rabies, with the remaining period of the year, after recording yearly deaths in the past three years.

Since 2006, the province posted three deaths every year until 2008 from the municipalities of Tabuk and Pinukpuk, records from the Provincial Epidemics and Surveillance Unit (PESU) showed.

Last year, there were 1,029 suspected rabies cases reported in the province, mostly coming from the same municipalities, PESU Officer Jose Pardito Jr said.

Because of this, the PESU launched anti-rabies activities involving massive immunization of dogs and intensified advocacy at the barangays.

For Tabuk and Pinukpuk municipalities, regular rabies control and prevention programs are set in place, with the appropriation of funds for anti-rabies vaccines.

About 90 percent of dogs have already been immunized in these two areas that is attributing to the zero case, which is hoped to hold on because of sustained efforts, Pardito said.

Pardito cited Rizal municipality for having s zero death from rabies for the past three years after it reported high prevalence in the previous years.

As part of its rabies eradication program, the province procured human active anti-rabies vaccines this year and because of the augmentation from the national government, the supply holds-up to 6 months.

Pardito made another request for rabies immunoglobulin for patients with category 3 bites, which are dog bites with bigger wounds at the upper part of the body.

Immunoglobulin is a passive rabies vaccine administered to a patient to prevent the rabies virus from spreading rapidly, since the bite is nearer to the person's brain, while the active vaccine takes effect in the body.

Rabies patients are advised to immediately report to the animal bite center at the provincial Health office for proper treatment instead of seeing the tandoc. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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