PVO marks rabies awareness month

In line with the national rabies awareness month that is marked every March, the Provincial Veterinarian’s Office (PVO) has scheduled outreach activities in the local government units starting this month up to April.

According to the schedule prepared by Mary Ann Gabona, PVO Veterinary Public Health Division chief, they will be in San Fernando on March 18-19 to conduct information, education and communication campaign on rabies; dog vaccination; vitamin supplementation; deworming; spray and neuter; and consultation.

On March 20-21, they will hold a two-day dogcatchers’ training in Minglanilla and will go further south to Oslob on March 25 and Alcoy on March 28.

By April, they are scheduled to conduct anti-rabies campaigns in Carmen, city of Naga, and Badian.

Earlier, they also conducted the same activities in Carcar City, Balamban, Talisay, and Argao.

PVO Chief Dr. Mary Rose Vincoy said these areas are prioritized as some of them have had positive cases of rabies for the past two years, low vaccination coverage, low anti-rabies campaign.

On the other hand, some municipalities are endorsed for a rabies free-zone declaration. Bantayan Island in the north and Zaragosa Island in Badian town in the south are considered ripe for rabies-free declaration.

In Cebu, the islands of Camotes and Malapascua have been declared rabies-free zones by the Department of Agriculture and Department of Health. Xerxes Alkuino