Anti-rabies pre-exposure immunization vital, say Kalinga officials
TABUK CITY, Kalinga (20 October) -- In a place where the population is at high risk in terms of exposure to rabies, it is vital that these areas provide the anti-rabies pre-exposure treatment to its populace.
So said Jose Pardito Jr, Provincial Epidemiologist and Surveillance Unit (PESU) Officer from the Provincial Health Office (PHO).
The Anti-rabies Act of 2006 or the National Rabies and Prevention Program, he said has provisions that include 'pre-exposure treatment to high risk personnel and post-exposure treatment to animal bite victims' and 'Pre-exposure Treatment to schoolchildren aged five to fourteen in high risk areas'.
Giving light on the advantages of taking a pre-exposure treatment, Pardito explained that the treatment even without being bitten by a rabid dog will provide lifetime immunity to a person against rabies.
"If a person got bitten even years after taking the pre-exposure treatment, he will no longer need the very expensive Rabies Immuno Globilin (RIG) shot which is being given to those infected by rabid animals and instead proceed in taking the second shot," he said.
According to Pardito, taking the shot would provide a dormant immunity to a person and that it becomes active once injected with an anti-rabies shot. He said that there is no side effect of taking the pre-exposure shot.
"If funded and supported by our local government, the implementation of the Pre-exposure Treatment to Schoolchildren will provide the young generation security from the life threatening disease and would also support the goal of the national government towards a rabies free country in 2020," he said.
With its endeavor to achieve a rabies free province in 2010, the Kalinga Provincial Health Office thru the PESU recently received a plaque of appreciation for its accomplishments and initiatives in establishing the Kalinga Animal Bite Treatment Center (KABTC). (ggd/PIA-Kalinga) [top]