THE DAVAO City Animal Bite Treatment Center (ABTC) reminded patients to complete the three shots of the anti-rabies vaccine since it’s the only way to get full protection from the deadly virus.
Dr. Annaliza Malubay, City Health Office medical officer, said there were 3,504 clients of the total 33,823 in 2023 who completed their anti-rabies shots.
“Wala nila gi-complete because ang pets nila after 14 days ok ra, and number two busy kaayo sila. We reminded them that once they have started, they have to complete their vaccine,” Malubay said.
Malubay said completion of the immunization also provides an additional benefit to the clients as they are not required to have a second dose of the vaccine when bitten again. Instead, they would get a booster shot.
More than 30,000 clients were served in seven Davao City Animal Bite Treatment Centers, most of whom suffered wounds or scratches and were considered to be at high risk of rabies.
“Out of more than 33,000, more than half, or 18,571 are Category III, ibig sabihin they need immunoglobulins kay sila ang high risk nga magkaroon og rabies if ever rabid ang nakapaak,” she said.
About 17, 957 cases were dog bites, the majority of which were done by pets. Malubay said in Davao City, four victims died from rabies in 2023.
She also stressed that rabies must not be treated lightly as death will probably occur if symptoms appear.
She said that they also check the wound category, the location of the wound, how big the wound is, and the number of wounds. Category III are bites or scratches in “highly innervated areas” or areas with nerves such as the head, neck, hand (both in front and the back), and feet.
Malubay also advised Davaoeños to visit the ABTCs in Magallanes, Toril, Tugbok, Marilog, Calinan, Sasa, Paquibato, and Southern Philippines Medical Center in case of a bite or scratch, or consultations, to avail of anti-rabies injections for free.
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