Tuesday, June 28, 2016

As struggle against rabies continues
25 villages from 8 towns
report low vaccination

TAGBILARAN CITY, June 22 (PIA)--In the continuing efforts to make Bohol rabies-free through widespread dog anti-rabies vaccination, some 25 barangays from 8 towns in Bohol are reportedly having very low or having no vaccination compliance at all.  

This too as authorities at the Bohol Rabies Prevention and Elimination Council, the group that spearheads the provincial anti-rabies program reports that the whole of Bohol has yet to attain a 70% vaccination of its total dog population.

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared at least 70% of dog population vaccinated to secure a place in the safe threshold against the virus passed by bites of infected animals. 

Interestingly however, records show that since January to April of 2016, most of the towns and barangays with dismal accomplishments in anti-rabies vaccination belong to the Third District, which is leading the campaign in most percentage of dog population reached at the moment. 

Bohol has attained a total of 51% vaccination of its dog population, the biggest percentage so far, from District 3 which has attained 59%, a report from the Office of the Provincial Veterinarian Dr Stella Marie Lapiz revealed.

From the records obtained from the Office of the Provincial Veterinarian, its shows the dismal vaccination ratings for barangays Cabonbonan, Limocon Ilaya, Malijao and Pangihawas of Dimiao, Itum and Taytay in Duero, Tabuan, Sampong and Abijilan of Garcia Hernandez.

Also in the list are Anonang, Catug-an and Cutcutan of Valencia, San Isidro, Tambo and Valaga of Mabini in the third district, Alegria, Cambance, Canlasid and Gun-ob of Loboc, Villa Garcia in Sierra Bullones and Guio-ang, Sawang Poblacion of Guindulman.

Closely following District 3 which has 38,093 dogs vaccinated, is District 2 with 35,143 dogs given anti-rabies shots.

In the Second District, still to make their mark in dog-anti-rabies vaccination is Cambangay Norte, Capayas, Mahayag, San Isidro and Tumoc, all of San Miguel town.

Lagging behind is District I which has managed to get only 46% vaccination rate, getting to 43,106 heads, Dr. Lapiz reported.

According to the OPV, dog vaccination also includes an automatic dog registration, which also allows authorities to track dogs, their population and their risks of becoming rabies carriers. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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