Vet Office Trains Village Health Workers on Rabies Vaccination

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Vet Office Trains Village Health Workers on Rabies Vaccination


By Philippine News Agency

The Office of the Provincial Veterinarian (ProVet) conducted free anti-rabies vaccination training to barangay (village) health workers (BHW) of this town as part of the month-long celebration of Rabies Awareness Month this March.

In a report on Saturday, Batangas public information office said Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Rommel Marasigan led the ProVet team in training the village health workers and other community volunteers on basic working knowledge in administering rabies vaccine and the proper handling of vaccine paraphernalia.

Marasigan said this month, which is the onset of summer, "is the perfect time to conduct such training and to administer the anti-rabies vaccine especially in the communities by engaging the rural folks."

"Sapagkat pagsapit ng panahon ng tag-araw nagiging aktibo ang mga hayop kung kaya at mas kinakailangang mapababa ang risk ng rabies na maaaring makuha ng mga ito (animals become active during summer, thus there is a need to lower the risk of rabies incidence among the animals)," he said.

ProVet has embarked on the free training and briefing on March 21 to broaden information and awareness on the importance of rabies vaccination among the rural folks who were also given tips on how to control, capture their pets when needed.

The participants, after acquiring their competencies during the anti-rabies activities were automatically enlisted as members of the "Bantay Rabies sa Barangay" (rabies watchers of the village).

Marasigan also called on everyone's cooperation to curb, if not totally eradicate incidence of rabid dogs and human deaths due to rabies infections by supporting the programs of the provincial government and through responsible pet ownership.

He said the series of activities are in line with Republic Act 9482 or the "Anti-Rabies Act of 2007," the law which provides for the control and elimination of human and animal rabies prescribing penalties for violation. …

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