BAROTAC VIEJO, Iloilo - As of this September, a total of 123,193 or 52.7% of the registered dog population in this province have been vaccinated by the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) prior to the observance of World Rabies Day on September 22, 2017. PVO Chief Silvino Teodosio targets to vaccinate 70% of the dog population by the end of the year to prevent rabies. (Photo by Dr. Darel Tabuada)
Provincial Veterinary Office
ILOILO – The Bureau of Animal Industry of the Department of Agriculture in Western Visayas will provide the provincial government with 16,344 vials of anti-rabies vaccines worth P9.8-million this week.
Provincial Veterinarian Silvino Teodosio Jr. said the vaccines are enough to immunize 70% of 252,000 (as of 2015) registered dog population in 43 local government units in Iloilo this summer.
The assistance from the national government comes after the completion of the Rabies-Free Visayas Islands Project of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2015.
ILOILO – The Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Animal Industry, through its National Rabies Prevention and Control Committee (NRPCC), has declared two islands in this province as rabies-free zones.
The declaration of Pan de Azucar and Botlog Islands in Concepcion was made possible after no cases of rabies surfaced in the island for the past five years, explained Provincial Health Officer Dr. Patricia Grace Trabado.