• Cash for rats campaign in Olongapo City launched

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    OLONGAPO CITY: To boost its campaign against leptospirosis, the local government is offering cash for rats after declaring August as Leptospirosis Prevention Month.

    A big rat is worth P10 and a small one P5.

    Olongapo City Mayor Rolen Paulino said the local government wants to have a strong awareness campaign against the dreaded disease that infected more than 600 residents.

    It can be recalled that the city was hit by a leptospirosis outbreak last year following a massive flooding and one of the sources of the disease is rat.

    Leptospirosis is a type of bacterial infection that is acquired through exposure to the urine of diseased animals.

    “This campaign was not meant to be a livelihood for our residents, it is really an awareness campaign to let our residents know that rats equals to leptospirosis,” Paulino said, who is targetting a zero leptospirosis case.

    Rodrick Bustamante, head of the Olongapo City Health Office, said that the cash-for-rat program will run for the whole month.

    Bustamante said residents could bring the dead rats at the city health office and then a health officer will bring the collected rats in an isolated place for proper disposal.

    “Ayaw na namin maulit ang nagyari last year. We already sent out our health workers before the rainy season to give medicines against common disease and leptospirosis,” Bustamante added.

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