By Tara Yap
With Rabies Awareness Month, the Department of Agriculture (DA) is spearheading a P22-million vaccine program in Western Visayas region for the first quarter of the year.
Dr. Pacifico Lumawag, regional coordinator of DA-6’s anti-rabies program, said the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) allocated 62,900 vials for Western Visayas.
These vials are expected to vaccinate at least 70 percent of the total dog population in Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, and Negros Occidental.
“We are doing our best to eradicate and prevent the incidence of rabies in the region. Iloilo is among the top five in the country with the highest number of rabies cases,” Lumawag noted.
“Although rabies is fatal, it is also preventable. That is why we are campaigning for yearly rabies vaccination,” Lumawag urged.
Dr. Jonic Natividad, DA Regulatory Division chief, also urged local governments to take an active role in implementing the Rabies Act of 2007.