Three government agencies are in Puerto Princesa City for a massive anti-rabies vaccination activity in a bid to succeed in declaring MIMAROPA “rabies-free” by 2020.
Dr. Juanito Pio Lledo, chief of the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO), said the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the Department of Agriculture (DA) are rallying behind the target for MIMAROPA to get rid of the viral disease that can kill humans.
In a press statement from the Provincial Information Office (PIO) on Tuesday, Lledo said the PVO will bring the anti-rabies vaccination in Narra and Roxas from June 24-26.
“Pinili natin ‘yong dalawang munisipyo na may presence ng rabies. Ito ‘yong bayan ng Narra at Roxas. Sa June 23, magsasagawa tayo ng meeting kaugnay nito and then sa June 24 onwards, doon na ‘yong mismong activity natin. Noon, nagkaroon ng kaso ‘yong Aborlan pero agad naman natin itong na-control,” Lledo said.
The activity targets 200 animals in Narra and 200 in Roxas.
Lledo said that aside from this, the PVO will also provide neutering services, registration of domestic pets, and checkup for dogs and cats.
He added in the statement that they are part of population control that can be a reason for the spread of rabies.
“Ito ay pamamaraan para sa population control. Kailangan din na maging responsible ‘yong mga nag-aalaga ng aso para maiwasan ‘yong pagkalat ng rabies… tuluy-tuloy ‘yong activities natin nauna lang ‘yong Puerto Princesa,” he said.
Lledo appealed to the residents of Narra and Roxas to cooperate with their massive vaccination activity to keep their areas safe from rabies.
“Gusto kong manawagan sa mga namumuno na parating ‘yong team natin na magsasagawa ng malawakang pagbabakuna at pagkakapon. Mangyari po sana na bigyan natin ng pansin para maging successful itong aktibidad,” he said