Tacloban City’s veterinary office intensified its campaign on pet vaccination in all barangays to regain its “rabies-free” status.
Dr. Eunice Alcantara, City Veterinary Office head said, “Sometimes, we do this through door-to-door vaccination to ensure all dogs will be vaccinated.”
Of its 16,800 target this year, the veterinary office has already vaccinated more than 8,400 dogs.
Alcantara said, “We are encouraging our pet owners to have their dogs vaccinated for their safety. This is free.”
She shared they have 1,800 vials of vaccines which is more than the 1,600 vials needed. One vial can vaccinate 10 dogs.
Tacloban City was the only rabies-free area in the entire Eastern Visayas region in the past 14 years. The record was broken after a 27-year-old man from Barangay 94-A died on June 30 after he was bitten by their six-month-old dog.
Before this, the last case of human death from rabies was in 2004 when a man butchered a dog for pulutan.