With the rising cases of animal bite cases where majority are that of dog bites, the Biliran Provincial Rabies Prevention and Control Committee (PRPCC) strongly calls for the cooperation of the barangay officials of the 132 barangays in Biliran province in the dog vaccination campaign.
Based on the comparative semi-annual animal bites cases covering the period January-June in 2015 and 2016 of the communicable disease control program (CDCP) of the provincial health office in Biliran province, animal bite cases have significantly increased this year.
Most notable in the increase of animal bite cases are recorded in Naval and Cabucgayan towns.
Naval town had 163 animal bite cases from January-June 2016 and 91 of the same period in 2015 while the municipality of Cabucgayan had 107 animal bite cases from January-June 2016 and 72 of the same period in 2015.
Based on the comparative semi-annual animal bite cases covering the period January-June of years 2015 and 2016 of the CDCP, Almeria recorded 46 compared to 42; Biliran-36 compared to 30; Caibiran-76 compared to 71; Culaba-22 compared to 15; Kawayan with same number at 33; and Maripipi with same number at 12. Out of the recorded total 497 animal bite cases from January-June 2016, 429 are that of dog bites based on the CDCP report.
“This is a serious and alarming situation of dog bites in the province of Biliran”, Lorna C. Jadulco, Biliran provincial rabies control program coordinator on human bite said during the recent meeting of the members of the Biliran PRPCC.
Jadulco added that she is apprehensive that the recent situation of dog bite cases might affect or tarnish the declaration of Biliran province as a rabies-free zone in 2012 until now. She reported of bite incident in Almeria town on September 8, 2016 where a rabid dog had bitten two youths and three adults.
The Biliran provincial veterinary office informed that the dog is rabies-infected as per confirmatory result from the Regional Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory of the Department of Agriculture regional office 8 in Tacloban City.
On the other hand, Leslie M. Ogario, agricultural technician of Naval who reported of the 2015 accomplishment report on dog vaccination campaign together with other agricultural technicians of the seven Biliran towns during the PRPCC meeting expressed disgust on the non-cooperation of some barangay officials especially the barangay captains in Naval in the dog vaccination activity conducted in the 26 barangays in Naval.
For her part, Dr. Suzette V. Apura, Biliran provincial veterinarian, suggested to the council members to lobby support from the local chief executives of the eight towns in Biliran province for full support in the scheduled dog vaccination activities conducted by personnel of the agriculture office.
“We have to prevent the occurrence of rabies case in Biliran province and this can only be sustained with the full support of the officials in the barangay”, Apura said. Apura is inviting all Biliranons especially the residents of Naval to join the World Rabies Day celebration on September 28, 2016.
A motorcade will be held early morning on this day around poblacion Naval to raise awareness of the residents on the celebration. A free-dog vaccination and free-castration will likewise be conducted in the morning of the celebration at Naval municipal grounds. The 2016 World Rabies Day celebration is anchored on the theme “Rabies: Educate, Vaccinate, Eliminate.” (FJ/rvictoria/PIA Biliran)