MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) has launched the rabies-free 2020 mobile application that will help in eradicating rabies in the country.
According to the agency, the application contains the locations of animal bite centers across the country and information on what to do in case of rabies infection such as where to bring the head of the rabid dog.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) targets to the entire region make free of rabies by 2020.
The country records 250 deaths yearly due to rabies infection.
According to BAI, the infection can be contracted not just through bites, but even through minor scratches as well.
“Pag yung laway pumasok sa loob ng kuko, kasama yung virus, kung hindi bakunado yung pusa o aso at nagkaroon siya ng infection (If the animal’s saliva gets into your nails, the virus goes with it. That is if the cat or dog has not been vaccinated or had an infection),” said BAI veterinarian II, Maria Glofezita Lagayan.
The country has an estimated of 10 million dogs, 70 percent of which, authorities note, have to receive an anti-rabies injection.
Among the provinces with the highest rate of rabies infection are Pampanga, Pangasinan, Cebu, Iloilo, South Cotabato, Misamis Oriental, Zamboaga City, Bataan, Bulacan, Davao del Sur and Metro Manila.
BAI needs P140-million fund yearly for its free anti-rabies vaccination. However, the government only allots P30-million to P40-million for the said program. – Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue