Tuesday, March 13, 2018

[caption id="attachment_140003" align="aligncenter" width="660"] From 5,882 in 2016, rabies cases in Aklan reached 7,207 in 2017, the Provincial Health Office reported. DOG EXPRESS[/caption]

KALIBO, Aklan – The number of rabies cases in Aklan has increased, according to the Provincial Health Office (PHO).

The increase reached 22 percent, from 5,882 cases in 2016 to7,207 in 2017.

In 2015, there were 3,448 rabies cases in the province, the PHO has reported.

This capital town recorded the most number of rabies cases with 1,229.

Banga followed with 1,212 cases. The towns of Ibajay, Malinao and Numancia came next, respectively.

With such a rising trend, Provincial Health Officer I Dr. Cornelio Cuachon Jr. said local government units in Aklan must strengthen the management, prevention and control of rabies in barangays.

Cuachon also reminded dog and cat owners to get their pets vaccinated at least once a year.

This month, the PHO will open the animal bite treatment center in Numancia.

The center will cater to the needs of people bitten by rabid animals from the towns Lezo, Malinao, Makato, Tangalan, and Numancia.

Cuachon advised animal-bitten patients to immediately wash the wounds with soap and water for 10 to 15 minutes while waiting for medical attention.

“Don’t treat your wounds with quack doctors or tandok,” Cuachon stressed.

Tandok is a traditional treatment using a stone to extract the rabies virus from a bite victim.

Cuachon said anti-rabies shots are available the PHO, the Banga Rural Health Center and animal bite treatment centers in Dr. Rafael S. Tumbokon Memorial Hospital, Saint Gabriel Medical Center and Panay Health Care Multi-Purpose Cooperative.

Vaccines administered to induce antibodies to neutralize rabies virus are also given in district hospitals in Altavas and Ibajay. (Aklan Forum Journal/PN)

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