By Ladylove May B. Baurile
Barangay Anos, in cooperation with the Rodeo Club Philippines of the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), held “Dog Bite: A House-to-house Anti-rabies Vaccination Drive” last Feb 2, 2013.
The event aims to reduce incidence of rabies in the area by providing vaccines for at most 150 dogs. The vaccination drive focused on the remote areas in the barangay such as Sitio Bagong Nayon.
According to Celerino Balasoto, Brgy. Captain of Anos, majority of the people in teh arae do not prioritize availing vaccines for their household pets. He added, “Napakaraming cases ng nakagat ng aso sa Anos…yung iba sa mukha pa. At least kung may turok na, yung kaba mo mababawasan. (There are several cases of people bitten by dogs in Anos… some were bitten on their faces. At least if the dogs were injected by vaccines, it will lessen your worry.)”
As of last month, there were a total of six incidents of rabies in the barangay.
A total of 121 dogs were vaccinated for free. The anti-rabies vaccination drive is an annual event of Brgy. Anos.