The Department of Agriculture – Region IX, facilitated the conduct of Vaccinators’ Training on Rabies Prevention and Control Program this week at Lantaka Hotel, Zamboanga City. The training was a coordinated effort between DA and Department of Health IX.

A total of 90 participants for the two batches attended the training. They were Municipal Agricultural Officers, Livestock Technicians from Sibugay, Isabela City, Zamboanga City and Zamboanga Del Norte. Joining the group were provincial veterinarians and staff from the Office of the City Veterinarian (OCVET), Zamboanga City.

According to Dr. Marie France Q. Jalao, Supervising Agriculturist, Regulatory Division, DA 9, the training is funded by DOH while DA provides the manpower and other assistance needed to ensure its successful conduct. Further she said the training aims to capacitate the participants with appropriate knowledge on the proper procedures of administering anti-rabies vaccination and dog catching.It is expected of the participants after the training that they would be able to intensify the anti-rabies vaccination in their respective municipalities and accomplish at least 70% of their target goals before the year ends.

DOH representative, Dr. Sitti Amilasan provided insights about the human rabies situation in the Philippines particularly in Region 9 as shown in the 2012-2016 up to the 1st semester of 2017 data on animal bites cases and other facts that were reflected in her presentation. Establishment of Animal Bite Treatment Center (ABTC) is also supported by DOH for any LGU that may want to avail of the program for as long as they comply the needed requirements. She further said the intensification of anti-rabies related activities and trainings with partner agencies is necessary to achieve the goal of the program to eliminate rabies in the Philippines and declare a rabies-free Philippines by year 2020.

Resource speakers from the Bureau of Animal Industry, Dr. Maria Glofezita O. Lagayan and Dr. Mardi Caniban took turns in discussing to the participants the topics on Animal Rabies Situation in the Philippines, Facts on Rabies/Mass Dog Vaccination Protocol, Dog Catching and Restraint, Cold Chain Management, and the accomplishment of Dog Registration, vaccination form and reporting system.

On the 2nd day of each training the participants were fielded for their actual hands-on activity in the different puroks of Barangay San Roque. But prior to that they were given briefing at the OCVET on actual dog handling, catching practice and vaccination activity. Vaccines, syringes and catching nets were provided to each group for their house-to-house anti-rabies vaccination activity. OCVET assigned staff to every group to assist and guide the participants during the duration of the activity.

The participants received catching poles and catching nets after the training to be used in the conduct of their anti-rabies vaccination activities in their respective municipality.(ENon/DA9)

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