ILOILO – The Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) of the Department of Agriculture has provided this province with initial 10,000 vials of anti-rabies vaccines for its province-wide dog vaccination this summer.
The shipment was part of the 16,500 vials worth P6.6-million allocation of BAI for the province.
“With the early arrival of anti-rabies vaccines, the province can jump start the one-time-high density mass vaccination and wrap up the same by June,” said Provincial Veterinarian Silvino Teodosio Jr.
In 2017, the Provincial Veterinary Office immunized only 59.7% or 150,085 out of 251,481 registered dog population which was way behind its 70% target.
“The target of 70% was not met because rabies supplies arrived on April well behind the optimum time to mount a massive mass vaccination which is usually during January to May,” explained Teodosio.
The province has 37 confirmed animal cases of rabies in 2017 and one human rabies death in Passi City.
For the first two months of 2018, a total of eight animal rabies cases were confirmed by the Regional Animal Disease and Diagnostic Laboratory in the province without any human death.