600 PINOYS DIE OF RABIES EVERY YEAR

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Since about 600 Filipinos die of rabies every year, Rep. Gavini Pancho (second district, Bulacan) filed a bill urging the pharmaceutical companies in the country to produce special single packaging of anti-rabies vaccine. The bill authorizes the Department of Health (DOH) to contract pharmaceutical companies to produce a rabies vaccine that can be singly administered to patients and made available in all government hospitals. At present, government hospitals provide free vaccine to groups of three patients bitten by dogs or other animals. “An individual victim needs to wait for two more patients before the vaccine can be administered to him by government doctors,” Pancho said. Of the 400 health centers all over the country attending to rabies patients, about 20 can be found in Manila to include the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in Muntinlupa and the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila.

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