Agusan del Sur eyes rabies free this year
By Millisent Omen
PATIN-AY, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur, Aug. 25 (PIA) – The provincial government here is aiming to make the province a rabies free this year.
The Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO), through its Rabies Control Program is targeting 17,500 dogs to be vaccinated until the end of this year provincewide.
Seven municipalities namely Prosperidad, Loreto, Trento, San Francisco, Rosario, Esperanza and Veruela and the lone city of Bayugan already participated during the scheduled massive vaccination with the full support of their respective municipal and city agriculturists and veterinarians.
Aside from massive vaccination, distribution of information, education and communication materials containing how deadly rabies are, and the ways on how it can inflect human that are distributed to the public, rabies symposia and orientation on responsible pet ownership are also conducted in different schools provincewide.
The PVO will also conduct rabies disease surveillance to support in controlling and preventing zoonotic diseases in the province. Some 12,200 dogs were already vaccinated and this activity will go on until December of this year.
The provincial government has set aside P30,000 budget for all the activities lined up for the rabies control program thru its anti-rabies trust fund. (Provincial Veterinary Office Information Officer, Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)