“Prevention is key in eliminating the Rabies disease. Ninety-nine percent of all rabies transmissions to humans are from dogs. Be a responsible pet owner and vaccinate your pets. This is the most cost-effective strategy to prevent rabies,” stated Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III on Tuesday reminding the pet owners in the country to have their pets vaccinated to prevent the spread of rabies.
Asserted by the DOH, rabies is a public health issue in the country that kills 200 Filipinos each year from the fatal infection. The reminder came coincides with the celebration of Rabies Awareness Month.
The rabies virus, which is actually vaccine avoidable, targets the human nervous system and there is no known cure to reverse its effects up to this day.
DOH said it has aligned with the Department of Agriculture, Department of Interior Local Government, local government units, and other private sectors to reinforce the campaign on responsible pet ownership and availability of vaccines in Animal Bite Treatment Centers.
Duque stated that more provinces in the Visayas region have been acknowledged rabies-free for the reason that the collaborative efforts of the various stakeholders.
“Let us continue this positive trend and work together towards completely eradicating this deadly disease. It is my hope to declare Philippines a rabies-free country by 2030,” he concluded.
Under the Anti-Rabies Act of 2007, each pet owner is mandated to practice responsible pet ownership and have their pets vaccinate against rabies. Penalties for violating said act include paying fines and bearing the medical expenses of individuals harmed by their pets.