LEGAZPI CITY: The Department of Health (DOH) in Bicol reported that the provinces of Camarines Sur and Albay have the highest prevalence of death due to rabies despite of relentless campaign.
Dr. Janice Alcala-Arellano of DOH Bicol said Camarines Sur posted 11 deaths followed by Albay province with five.
“We’re alarmed by the increasing number of casualties due to rabies from dog bites. As of this third quarter alone we have 20 deaths compared to last year with 13 cases throughout the year,” she said.
“We’re launching massive advocacy campaign on rabies in partnership with provincial health office (PHO) in Albay and Department of Agriculture to educate the public and all stakeholders so in this way we could reduce if not to curtail rabies cases here,” the physician said.
In contrast, the DOH main office said the number of rabies cases have gone down with the total number of deaths nationwide with 162 cases from January 1 to August 29 the number of cases are lower by 21 percent from the same period last year wherein there were 268 deaths.
DOH spokesman Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy stated that this decrease is because rabies in the country is already nearing elimination.
However, he also reminded the public that they should be responsible for vaccinating their pets, especially dogs.