Mayor Abby urges residents to have pets vaccinated due to shortage of human anti-rabies vaccine
Following reports on the shortage of available human anti-rabies vaccines in the country, Mayor Abby Binay today urged pet owners in Makati to have their animals vaccinated for rabies.
“Apart from the expensive cost of human anti-rabies vaccines, the shortage could translate to fatalities if patients do not receive immediate treatment. The only thing we can do right now is to prevent cases of rabies in humans by making sure that our pets are vaccinated,” Mayor Abby said.
She added that the lack of human rabies vaccines is alarming since the fatality rate is 100 percent. The Mayor is appealing to all Makati residents to take advantage of the city’s anti-rabies program and have pets vaccinated for free - at the soonest time possible.
The Department of Health (DOH) recently confirmed the global shortage of human rabies vaccines. On Tuesday, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III announced that the DOH will intensify its anti-rabies vaccination program for dogs in response to the problem. He also encouraged LGUs to step up their dog anti-rabies immunization campaigns and promote responsible pet ownership.
Rabies eradication is one of the key programs of Mayor Abby’s administration. There are roughly 32,000 cats and dogs registered in the city’s database. The city runs a year-round pet immunization program and also launched a pet microchipping project in October 2017.
The pet microchips help pet owners avoid the cost of redundant rabies vaccinations. Each microchip contains a unique 15-digit code readable with a microchip scanner, and gives veterinarians access to a pet's vaccination records for them to determine whether or not a pet needs to be given anti-rabies shots after biting a human, and if there is a need for the bite victim to be vaccinated against rabies.
Mayor Abby also directed Makati VSO Chief Dr. Katherina Mangahas to drum up public awareness on rabies prevention.
The VSO is currently conducting house-to-house vaccination campaigns in Brgys. Comembo, Sta. Cruz, and San Isidro. The program will continue until all pets in the said areas have been injected with the vaccine.
The VSO has been knocking on doors at various barangays since the last quarter of 2017. Anti-rabies shots for pets are also part of the social and health services offered to residents at the scheduled Lingkod Bayan Caravans.
Pet owners are encouraged to bring dogs and cats for vaccination to either of the VSO's district offices Mondays to Fridays.
For District I, pet owners may proceed to the City Pound at Malugay St. Barangay San Antonio. For District II, residents may go to the Vet office at Cadena de Amor St. Barangay Pembo.
Residents may also call the VSO Offices at 8897949 and 8341166 for scheduling and inquiries.
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