Capitol marks rabies awareness month, conducts vaccination

The Cebu Provincial Government through the Provincial Veterinarian’s Office (PVO) marked June as the Provincial Rabies Awareness Month.

At least 11 local government units (LGUs) are targeted to benefit from the dog welfare activities of the Capitol in the middle of the year.

Dr. Mary Ann Gabona, chief of PVO’s Veterinary Public Health Division said their activities in line with the celebration include dog vaccination, vitamin supplementation, deworming, spay and neuter, and consultation.

These activities were conducted in the LGUs where there are positive canine and human rabies cases as well as low vaccination coverage in the last four years .

PVO’s team of veterinarian and support staff were in Danao City on June 3. They were in Catmon on June 7, Carmen on June 9-10, Liloan on June 14 and San Remegio on June 16.

On June 17, the group will be in Lapu-lapu City, Barili on June 21-22, Asturias on June 28-29, Ronda on July 7-8, Barili again on July 14. The PVO will have to reset their activities in Talisay City and Oslob due to conflicting schedules.

On July 1, 15, and 22, they will be back again in Lapu-Lapu City. Gabona said that while Lapu-Lapu is not part of the jurisdiction of the province, Capitol was compelled to help because pragmatically it is adjacent to its territories, has high number of rabies cases, and only has one veterinarian.

Cebu has an estimated dog population of 341,098.

In the medical mission in Talisay City, Vice Governor Agnes Magpale and PVO Chief Dr. Mary Rose Vincoy turned over dog collars and tags, vaccine carriers and syringes to the city government.