Shortage of rabies vaccines prompts CHO to change tack

THE CITY Health Office (CHO) is raising awareness on rabies prevention due to the shortage in vaccines.

Dr. Julinda Acosta, CHO Outbreak Response Immunization focal person, said during the iSpeak forum in city hall that the Animal Bite Treatment Center is catering to 200 to 300 cases of rabies at a time.

“For this month, we received 100 vaccines for anti-rabies but this is not enough to support the needs of each victim because they must have a minimum of three dosages,” she said.

As early as January, the bite center already announced on its Facebook page that it will be imposing a daily quota on the number of patients who can avail of the free vaccine due to the shortage in the medicine.

Rabies is considered as a neglected tropical disease, which can be fatal but totally preventable.

According to Dr. Acosta, most of the victims who come to the bite center were bitten by stray dogs. She also said that pet owners should be responsible to take their dogs to the clinic for immunization.

The bite center offers free immunization for dogs.

According to Department of Health that rabies is a significant public health problem because it is one of the most acutely fatal infections and responsible for the death of 200 to 300 Filipinos annually. John Nikko Sabado/UM Intern

 

 

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