Stakeholders hold Rabies Month celebration

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO The Central Luzon Department of Agriculture, led by the Integrated Laboratories Division (ILD) in collaboration with the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) and the Department of Health (DOH), organized the celebration of World Rabies Day on September 28.

The event held online was attended via Zoom app and in person by Central Luzon Municipal and Provincial Vets held at SACOP in San Fernando City.

This year, World Rabies Day is themed “Rabies: One Health, Zero Deaths” with the aim of raising awareness and promoting the elimination of rabies in the country. It takes place every year to commemorate the anniversary of the death of Louis Pasteur who discovered the vaccine against rabies.

It was led by Regional Rabies Coordinator, Dr. Milagros Mananggit, with Regional Technical Director for ILD, Regulation and Research, Arthur Dayrit, Ph.D., Head of Animal Disease Control Division , BAI Animal Health and Welfare, Dr. Anthony Bucad, Head of OCI. Dr. Maria Eloisa Vidar, from the Local Health Support Division of the Center for Health and Development and Head of the DOH Infectious Diseases Group, and Dr. Nobuo Saito, JICA Expert for the One Health Rage Project in Japan and in the Philippines.

Dayrit highlighted in his opening speech some of the rabies cases recorded in the Philippines.

“70,000 deaths worldwide have been caused by rabies, around 56% of these deaths are from Asia and the Philippines, there are around 200 deaths per year,” he said.

According to Bucad, he shared key strategies to limit rabies in animals. This is the STOP-R or Socio-Cultural, Technical, Organizational, Political-Resources which aims to make the Philippines rabies free.

In Vidar’s post, he shared the recorded cases of human rabies in central Luzon for the two months of the year 2021 and 2022.

“Between the same period of 2021 last year and the first half of 2022, we have 35 cases from January to August 2021 and 35 from January to August 2022,” he said.

Mananggit added that vaccination is one of the strategies to prevent rabies damage.

“Rabies is 100% preventable through vaccination,” he added.

In the last part of the activity, the rabies coordinators/provincial/municipal veterinarians discussed the strategies implemented by the LGUs to achieve zero cases of rabies in their provinces.

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