• Taguig intensifies campaign vs. rabies

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    THE local government of Taguig has intensified its anti-rabies campaign by opening its second Animal Bite Treatment Center (ABTC).

    The second ABTC, located in Barangay North Signal, had been inaugurated and is now open to provide Taguig residents bitten by rabies-exposed animals with free treatment and vaccination.

    Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano said the City government is always developing new programs  and improving existing ones in order to deliver the social services the people deserve.

    “This is another milestone in our continuing campaign to provide free and accessible health care to our constituents,” she added.

    With the opening of the second ABTC in the city’s second district, coupled with the recent opening of the third 24/7 Super Health Center, Cayetano

    expects a great leap of improvement in the accessibility of quality healthcare to Taguigeños.

    Dr. Isaias Ramos, officer-in-charge of the City Health Office (CHO), said prior to the opening of the second ABTC, people inflicted with rabies would have to go to Barangay Ibayo-Tipas in District 1 for treatment.

    This was the reason behind the opening of the second ABTC, in order for those infected in District 2 would not travel far for free treatment and vaccine.

    “Rabies is very dangerous and can easily be inflicted on people through bites and scratches so we must have close facilities for treatment available,”  Ramos explained.

    There are three categories of rabies exposure and therefore subject to different levels of treatment, all of which will be provided for free in the two existing ABTC.

    These include Category I which involves touching, feeding, licking of healthy skin with no mucous membrane contact, casual contact with rabid patient;

    Category II which involves superficial scratch/ abrasion without bleeding, nibbling/ nipping of uncovered skin with bruising

    As well as Category III which involves single or multiple transdermal bites/scratches, licking of mucous membrane, all head and neck exposures, exposure to rabid patient, handling of infected carcass, licks of broken skin. RITCHIE A. HORARIO

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