Legazpi City, Albay under state of calamity due to rabies
Aileen Cerrudo • June 27, 2019 • 7009
The local government of Legazpi City, Albay has declared a state of calamity to access funds which will be used to purchase of anti-rabies vaccines.
According to Dr. Emmanuel Estipona, officer-in-charge of the City Veterinary Office of Legazpi, they already ran out of anti-rabies vaccines.
Based on the record of the City Veterinary Office, the population of dogs in the city is around 22,000 but only 8,000 dogs have been vaccinated for this year.
Estipona said an anti-rabies vaccine is estimated to cost P50. They would need around P800,000 to vaccinate the rest of the dog population.
“Alarming ang case ng rabies. Once na may isang case ka diyan, considered as outbreak iyan kasi hindi iyan normal occurrence sa isang lugar lalo na sa Legazpi. We had 35 last year. In 2017, eleven lang, so nagti-triple, (Rabies is an alarming case. Once you have one case of [rabies], it is already considered an outbreak because that is not a normal occurrence in an area especially in Legazpi. We had 35 [cases] last year, in 2017 it was only 11 — it tripled),” he said.
The City Veterinary Office has warned of filing charges against dog owners who neglect their pets and leave them wandering in the streets.—AAC (with reports from Allan Manansala)
Metro Manila recorded the highest air temperature so far on Monday (May 4).
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) recorded a soaring 36.5 degrees Celsius or an equivalent to a heat index of 41.0 degrees Celsius
With the intense heat and the ongoing enhanced community quarantine, anyone can suffer from heat exhaustion.
Heat exhaustion is a condition marked by weakness, nausea, dizziness, and profuse sweating that results from physical exertion in a hot environment.
Emergency Doctor Dr. Rich Santos said heat exhaustion can result in heat stroke. Heat stroke happens when an individual’s temperature reaches 41 degrees Celsius.
“Pwede ring magkaroon ng manifestation na nagkakaroon ka ng totoong stroke gaya ng paghina ng katawan. Kapag tumagal ka sa ganoong kundisyon pwede itong maging sanhi ng pagkamatay, (You can also have manifestations of a real stroke like fatigue. If the condition lasts if might become a cause of death)” he said.
Santos also said that recovering from a heat stroke can take weeks to months.
Symptoms of heat stroke:
Warm, flushed skin
Very high fever of 41°C
Here are several lifesaving tips when someone is having heat exhaustion or heat stroke:
Move the person to a shady spot or indoors
Have him/her lie down with legs elevated
If able to drink liquids, have him/her sip cool water
Remove clothing, apply cool water to the skin, & fan the person
Apply ice packs to the armpits, wrists, ankles & groin
The Department of Health (DOH) said to always keep hydrated to prevent heat exhaustion and schedule heavy-duty activities for the beginning or end of the day, when it’s cooler. AAC
The Department of Health (DOH) urges the public to exercise at home amid the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
With the extension of the ECQ in high-risk areas, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said they are still not going to recommend opening fitness gyms.
She said fitness centers are among the establishments that will remain temporarily closed to prevent the further spread of the virus.
“Sa tuwing iminumungkahi namin na mag-exercise para palakasin ang ating resistensiya, ang ibig naming sabihin dito ay ehersisyo sa loob ng ating bahay hangga’t makakaya, (Every time we suggest exercising to improve your immunity, we mean to exercise inside your homes as much as possible),” she said.
Meanwhile, there are barangays that conduct zumba classes while adhering to social distancing protocols. AAC
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