BONTOC, Mountain Province – A total of 855 dogs and 12 cats were vaccinated on the second day of the mass anti-rabies vaccination, according to Agricultural Technologist Sheryl Tumingeb of the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist (OMAg), with 279 dogs and three cats vaccinated in Barangay Poblacion while 576 dogs and 9 cats have received anti-rabies vaccine in Barangay Bontoc Ili recently.
It can be recalled that eight dog bite cases were reported and three dogs tested positive for rabies as reported by the OMAg and Municipal Health Office (MHO) during the first quarter Local Health Board meeting held recently.
The mass anti-rabies vaccination was conducted by the municipal government through the OMAg and MHO in partnership with the provincial government through the Office of the Provincial Veterinarian ( OPVet) in response to the increasing number of cases of dog rabies as well as dog bite incidents in the municipality.
In addition to the vaccination, the municipal government and its partner agencies have conducted information, education, and communication campaigns on rabies and has scheduled a training for dog catchers this month.
Bontoc Mayor Jerome “Chagsen” Tudlong, Jr. solicited the cooperation of everyone by being responsible pet owners.
Meanwhile, the anti-rabies vaccination in Barangay Samoki was moved from February 4 to February 7, 2023. By Ligaya Akay & Christy Mae Che-es