To further the goal of eliminating human rabies cases in the Philippines, The Department of Health (DOH) will provide a full course of anti-rabies vaccines in 480 Animal Bite Treatment Centers nationwide.
In 2015, a total of 432,458 animal bite cases were recorded by DOH with 226 reported deaths due to rabies.
Rabies usually occurs due to the bite or scratch of an infected animal. It is considered a neglected disease, since it is 100% fatal but also 100% preventable. In the Philippines, rabies is considered a significant public health problem because it is responsible for the death of at least 200 Filipinos annually.
“None of these deaths should have occurred since we have the necessary interventions to prevent rabies such as promotion of responsible pet ownership, early consultation when bitten by animals and timely administration of vaccines.” Health Secretary Janette P. Loreto-Garin said
As part of the rabies elimination campaign, a total of 33 provinces were declared “rabies-free” by DOH and Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Animal Industry.
“Kung ikaw ay nakagat ng alagang hayop o hindi, huwag nnatin itong ipagsawalang bahala. Magpakonsulta agad sa pinakamalapit na Animal Bite Treatment Center upang malapatan ng tamang lunas. Maging responsible tayo sa ating sariliu at sa ating alagang hayop.” Garin concluded.
The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered a preventive suspension against five Department of Health (DOH) officials for the alleged delays in the release of frontliner benefits.
Ombudsman Samuel Martires signed the order on Tuesday (October 27) to preventively suspend for six months Health Undersecretary Roger Tong-an; Kenneth Ronquillo, Maylene Beltran, Laureano Cruz and Esperanza Carating.
The order is to prevent the officials from potentially tampering with documents or evidence while an investigation on the health department is ongoing.
The investigation was opened in June to look into the alleged delay in the procurement of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and other medical gears, alleged lapses that led to the rising number of health workers infected with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), inaction to the release of financial benefits for fallen medical workers, as well as confusing and delayed reports of COVID-19 cases in the country.
The DOH previously welcomed the said investigation and assured they will fully cooperate with the appropriate authorities. AAC
The Philippines records a total of 1,509 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) with 362,243 total cases, the Department of Health (DOH) reported on Wednesday (October 21).
The DOH also recorded 60 deaths and 911 recoveries. The day’s recorded recoveries brought the total number to 311,506.
Based on DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin no. 221, 90% of the total daily cases occurred within the recent 14 days, while the top regions in the recent two weeks are in the National Capital Region (NCR) with 320 cases, and Region 4A with 297 cases.
The DOH also added that 41 duplicates were removed from the total case count. Thirty-one recovered cases and three deaths have also been removed from the list.
The University of the Philippines Octa Research Team said there are still areas with high COVID-19 cases since October 11, based on their research. These areas include several areas in the National Capital Region (NCR), Pasig, Makati, Pasay, Mandaluyong, and Marikina.
Meanwhile, DOH Spokesperson Usec. Maria Rosario Vergeire said 60-70% of the country’s population should be vaccinated against COVID-19 for herd immunity.
“It doesn’t stop there because we would need 60-70% of the population immunized so we can have herd immunity. So when we talk about P12.5 billion that is just covering our population,” she said. AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)
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