“Makiisa sa Barangay Kontra Rabies, Maging Responsableng Pet Owner” is this year’s theme in the observance of Rabies Awareness Month Celebration. Every March of each year, Davao City does a cooperative effort in achieving the mission-vision of a rabies free Philippines.
March 2019 was celebrated with activities that will help to prevent, control and manage rabies, such as castration, vaccination, and Information, Education & Communication (IEC). For the whole month of March, around 154 dogs and cats were neutered with over 100 clients served; 4,320 dogs and cats were vaccinated with 2,259 clients were served ; and around 2,259 materials were distributed including posters and flyers for IEC. Other than that, technical consultation or assistance to livestock and pet owners were also provided.
In the morning of March 22, Southern Philippines Medical Center – Animal Bite Treatment Center (SPMC-ABTC),together with representatives from the City Veterinarian’s Office took part in the commemoration of Rabies Awareness Month Celebration with free anti-Rabies vaccines for dogs at SPMC – Healing Garden.
Last March 25, a number of personnel from the office participated in the Media Launch of “STOP Rabies: Synoptic Study on Transmission and Optimum Control to Prevent Rabies” at the University of the Philippines (UP) Mindanao, Mintal, Davao City. It is a research program funded by the Commission On Higher Education – Discovery-Applied Research and Extension for Trans/Interdisciplinary Opportunities (CHED DARE TO) Grant-in-Aid 2017. This research is headed by the UP Mindanao in partnership with the Davao Medical School Foundation (DMSF) and the Local Government of Davao City. STOP Rabies aims to find solutions for a serious public health issue on Rabies disease. Film showing about Rabies disease, dog castration and vaccination were conducted in the morning on the said event. In the afternoon at the Lorenzo Hall of UP Mindanao, a talk on Rabies Updates in the Philippines was given by Dr. Maria Nerissa Dominguez, National Professional Officer of the Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) Representative in the Philippines. An open forum was carried out with the following panellists: Dr. Maria Nerissa Dominguez; Dr. Esther Cherrie G. Rayos, MPA, Asst. City Veterinarian; Dr. Annaliza Malubay, District Health Physician; Dr. Lyre Murao, STOP Rabies Project Leader; Dr. May Anne Mata, UP Mindanao Researcher & Professor; Dr, Genevieve Tupas, Director on Research & Publication, DMSF; and Emmanuel S. Baja, ScD, Research Associate Prof., Institute of Clinical Epidemiology, National Institute of Health, UP, Manila. The STOP Rabies Rap entitled “Rabies, makamamatay! Dapat undangon!” was performed by its composer who is also one of the research proponents, Dr. May Anne Mata. Also during the activity, the STOP Rabies Website at http://stoprabiesph.weebly.com; and Social Media on Facebook and @ stoprabiesph on Twitter were also launch.