Amid the rising cases of rabies and a fatality in Quezon City, the Veterinary Department is ramping up its vaccination campaign.
“Our city veterinarian recently recorded five animal rabies cases and one human death within a month. That’s why the district has now been categorized as high risk,” Mayor Joy Belmonte said.
The city government is now conducting a house-to-house anti-rabies vaccination drive within a one-kilometer radius of the high-risk areas, especially in the areas of Bago Bantay and Barangays Philam, Bagong Pag-asa, and Ramon Magsaysay as well as in Barangay Bagbag in District 5.
The city’s veterinary office has also intensified impounding stray animals that are usually the carriers of the rabies virus.
Spay and Neuter campaigns have also been intensified to control the growing dog population.
According to city veterinarian Dr. Ana Marie Cabel, if a person gets bitten by an animal, he or she should go to the nearest health center and report the incident. The individual will then be referred to the city’s animal bite center to receive proper treatment.
The city vet would also conduct on-site investigations and will advise pet owners in the area to have their pets vaccinated immediately.
A pet crematorium is also in the pipeline as well as a new city pound in Barangay Payatas scheduled for inauguration in mid-March.