LAGAYAN, Abra, Mar. 1 (PIA) - - The municipal government here has intensified is efforts against the spread of rabies with massive vaccination of dogs and cats and information education campaign (IEC).
The Office of the Municipal Agriculturist headed by Rowena Martinez conducted a massive vaccination to all the dogs and cats in the five barangays of Lagayan namely Poblacion, Pulot, Bai, Collago and Pang-ot. It was complemented by the conduct of IEC at Pulot National High School in partnership with the Department of Education and the Office of the Provincial Veterinarian.
The IEC on anti-rabies in Lagayan was the first local government unit-initiative conducted in the province. It aimed to educate at the same time warn the general public of the dangers of rabies and how to prevent the infection and spread of such fatal disease.
The DepEd nurses discussed the signs and symptoms of rabies in humans. They advised the people to immediately wash with soap and water the wound or the skin that gets in contact with the saliva of a suspected rabid-dog because it is the saliva of the dog that primarily spreads the rabies. They also advised the people to go to the doctor immediately for appropriate medical care and treatment because fatality of rabies infection is very high.
The veterinarians also explained the preventive measures that the people may take in order to prevent the spread of the disease as it affects a community within the 5-kilometer radius. The provisions of Republic Act 9482, otherwise known as the Anti-Rabies Act of 2007, were also explained.
Martinez also emphasized the responsibilities of dog and other pet owners in order to prevent the spread of rabies.
Other national government agencies collaborated in the said IEC such as the Department of Interior and Local Government, the Philippine National Police and the Department of Health through the rural health units who are the frontliners in health service delivery.
To ensure the protection of the people from rabies, Mayor Jendricks S. Luna gave the permission to kill rabid dogs in their locality. By: Maria Teresa B. Benas(JDP/MTBB - PIA CAR, Abra)