Assistant Provincial Veterinarian Jovito bared the battle plans and actions of the Provincial Government of Pangasinan to achieve its goal of a rabies-free province by 2025.
To date, there are 9 rabies cases in the province which is lower than the 13 reported cases in 2019.
During the question hour of the Pangasinan provincial board held at the Pangasinan Training and Development Center (PTDC) II on September 7, Dr. Tabarejos stated that the provincial government continuously conducts veterinary services to serve the total population of dogs and cats to further mitigate and eventually eradicate human and animal rabies in the province.
Veterinary services of the provincial government are now part of the Abig Pangasinan, which moves around in the province to reach Pangasinenses in this time of pandemic deliver the basic services of the province.
He said that the provincial government sustains its free immunization for dogs and cats from 3 months old and above.
The provincial government has vaccinated over 46,845 dogs noting that, annually, the free immunization for pets of the province aims to serve 70% of the total population of dogs, Dr. Tabarejos noted.
The Office of the Provincial Veterinarian (OPVet) also conducts series of information education campaign promoting responsible pet ownership and information drives on Republic Act No. 9482 (Anti-Rabies Act of 2007), he added.
The OPVet also conducts neutering among dogs, which forms part in the dog population control program of the provincial government.
As part of its course of action, the provincial government has distributed over 36,000 doses of vaccines to various LGUs in the province.
Provincial Health Officer Anna Ma. Teresa S. De Guzman disclosed that the province of Pangasinan recorded 9,489 animal bite cases from this year and 9391 patients of which were given treatment in the different Animal Bite Treatment Center (ABTC) Facilities in the province.
Of the 11 hospitals with ABTC facility in the province, 10 of which are provincial government-run hospitals, namely: Pangasinan Provincial Hospital, Western Pangasinan District Hospital, Urdaneta District Hospital, Bayambang District Hospital, Lingayen District Hospital, Eastern Pangasinan District Hospital, Mangatarem District Hospital, Bolinao Community Hospital, Dasol Community Hospital and Umingan Community Hospital. Region 1 Medical Center in Dagupan City also has ABTC facility.
Dr. De Guzman stated that all the ABTC facilities of the said 12 hospitals are Department of Health-certified and likewise accredited by PhilHealth.
Rural Health Units (RHU) with ABTC facility are, as follows: Anda RHU, Bolinao RHU, Alcala RHU, Bayambang RHU, Basista RHU, Pozorrubio RHU, Burgos RHU, Alaminos City Health Office, San Carlos City Health Office, Malasiqui RHU and Dagupan City CHO.
These LGU or RHU ABTC facilities are DOH-certified and PHilHeath-accredited except Alaminos CHO and San Carlos CHO which are both for renewal.
Dr. De Guzman also disclosed that the provincial government also aims to increase the number of accredited and certified ABTC facilities and further enhance the skills of healthcare providers through trainings.
The provincial health officer also urged for an annual color coding tagging of vaccinated animals which can play a vital role in determining their status of vaccines.
/Shiella Mae C. De Guzman (Photos by Jin Perez)