ANGELES CITY- The city government headed by Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has recorded zero rabies-related human deaths from 2012 to 2016 in this highly-urbanized city.
The report from the City Health Office- Animal Bite Treatment Center (CHO-ABTC) was disclosed during Monday’s flag raising rites in Angeles City Hall in observance of the Rabies Awareness Month dubbed “Rabis Iwasan! Kapag Nakagat, Magpabakuna.”
“What a way to celebrate this awareness month with such achievement. I would like to congratulate all the government employees who have been working for the success of our Anti-Rabies program,” said Mayor Pamintuan.
“But we should not rest in our laurels for there are still more work to be done. We should always remain keen and prepared not to get troubled by the disease again,” the mayor added.
World Health Organization (WHO) reported that “Rabies is a viral disease occurring in more than 150 countries and territories including the Philippines. The infection has caused thousands of deaths every year mostly in Africa and in Asia.”
In the Philippines, “Rabies is still considered a public health concern with more than 1,000 Filipinos seeking medical treatment in 2015. The illness also accounts for at least 200 deaths per year,” according to the Department of Health (DoH).
CHO-ABTC rabies coordinator, Evelinda Mariano said that “the accomplishment is a manifestation of the local government’s efforts to combat the dreaded complications of the disease.”
Mariano also added that “the success of the city’s program against rabies is rooted from the active partnership and coordination of the national government, through the Department of Health-Region 3 and the local government.”
The point person also emphasized that the local government has been allotting a counterpart funding for the past years to suffice the operations and sustainability of the program.
The Animal Bite Treatment Center, which is one of the 480 hubs in the country, entertains an average of 100 animal bite patients per day.
Aside from this, the City Veterinary Office (CVO) conducts a year-round anti-rabies vaccine shots to animals such as cats, dogs, swine and cattle. A door-to-door review is implemented by the CVO to the animals present in a household and gives appropriate vaccination.
Free anti-rabies shots are available at the city-run clinic which is currently located at the third floor of the Angeles City Hall, and is open on Mondayand Thursday, from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.
To promptly serve the constituents in need of immediate medical attention, the city government has already earmarked P 3 million for the construction of a new animal bite treatment hub which will be located in a separated office located inside the city hall grounds.
Mariano reminded that Angeleño patients are the priorities of the treatment hub, and services are attended in a “first come, first served” basis.
For inquiries, Angeleños may call the Animal Bite Treatment Center at 322-7230 local 213.