NegOcc eyes 80% dog vaccination rate

first_img“We have to lobby to the provincialgovernment and local government units (LGUs) to allocate budget for thepurchase of vaccines this year,” Decena added. In 2019, there were lower number ofconfirmed positive rabies cases in the province but the deaths have increased,PVO records showed. Provincial veterinarian Dr. RenanteDecena said dog vaccination in 2019 was “low” at only 54 percent after a “veryhigh” rate of over 80 percent in 2018. “Our vaccines on-hand are only forquick response, which means within a one-kilometer radius of an area with dogpositive of rabies, like in Barangay Camindangan, Cauayan (last week), whichhas the first rabies case this year,” Decena said. A total of 20 confirmed positiverabies cases – which include 19 in various localities and one in Bacolod City –were reported last year, it added.   In Negros Occidental, excludingBacolod City, last year’s dog population was estimated to be around 262,000,based on a household survey. This does not include stray dogs. center_img BACOLOD City – Negros Occidental wasaiming for a 70 to 80 percent accomplishment rate for its comprehensive dogvaccination this year, according to the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO). Himamaylan City reported the highestnumber of cases with seven, followed by Candoni town and Sipalay City withthree and two cases, respectively. Cities of San Carlos, Silay, Cadiz,Victorias, and Talisay, and the towns of E.B. Magalona and Salvador Benedictohave one case each. The Department of Agriculture did notrelease vaccines to the LGUs last year, he said. There were 10 confirmed and suspectedrabies deaths last year, from only seven cases in 2018. These were reported inHimamaylan City and Cauayan with two cases each, and Moises Padilla, Bago City,Sagay City, Toboso, and Hinoba-an with one each.(With a report from PNA/PN)last_img