Last August 1, the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVET) conducted a seminar on rabies prevention and control which was attended by about 90 BNS and BHWs of this town.
PVET Training Coordinator Ferdinand Dunuan said the activity aimed to equip the participants with knowledge and skills to become frontline information source regarding rabies, which continues to be a public health concern in Ifugao and other parts of the Cordillera.
Provincial Veterinarian James Gopeng presented the statistics of rabies incidence in the Cordillera Region with four cases in the first quarter of 2019 alone.and briefly discussed animal and human rabies. Dr. Roland Pila, also of PVET, explained the biology of rabies, facts of rabies, bite incidence management, what to do when bitten by a dog or other animals, what to do with the biting dog or other animals and how to prevent rabies.
Provincial Health Office (PHO) personnel discussed the National Rabies Prevention and Control Program, which was created under the Anti-Rabies Act of 2007, with the goal to eliminate rabies in the country and declare the Philippines rabies-free by the year 2020. They also talked about the Animal Bite Treatment Centers (ABTCs).
PHO data showed a total of 14,701 animal bites in Ifugao from 2011 to 2018, with 19 percent increase from 2015-2016, 39% increase from 2016-2017 and 3.38% increase from 2017-2018.All the bite victims sought treatment at the public ABTCs operating in the province at the Tinoc District Hospital, Potia District Hospital and the Ifugao General Hospital.
The responsibilities of local government units as provided under the Anti-Rabies Law was discussed by a resource person from DILG. (JDP/DBC- PIA CAR)