The supply of human anti-rabies vaccines in the province of Iloilo is “almost zero”, according to the Provincial Health Office (PHO).
“Gamay nalang gid ang aton supply. Manog-ubos na sya,” PHO head Dr. Patricia Grace Trabado told the media.
She said the vaccine shortage is a global problem.
“May global shortage kita. Ang problema namon indi kita kabakal kay wala kita baklan.”
In a report by ABS-CBN News, the Department of Health (DOH) said the global shortage came after a batch of anti-rabies vaccines intended for the year 2018 was tainted or contaminated, prompting the recall of the products.
Trabado advised Ilonggos to protect themselves against rabid animals.
“Dapat maghalong gid kita para malikawan ta nga mainfect with rabies,” she said.
The PHO head also urged the public to register and vaccinate their dogs and other animals.
“Ang aton mga ido, kung vaccinated na, at least safe ka. Kun pwede i-cage ang mga ido anay, much better,” she said.
According to Iloilo Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) head Dr. Silvino Teodosio, vaccines for animals were already distributed in all municipalities except for Ajuy.
“When the vaccine intended for animals arrived last February , we immediately distributed them to each municipality. This time, kami mismo gadeliver para ma-fast track ta ang aton nga immunization. Tanan na banwa except Ajuy kay wala sila refrigerator,” he said.
Teodosio noted that the vaccines are enough to immunize 70 percent of the one million dog population in the province.
PHO appealed to the mayors to intensify the implementation of the dog vaccination program in their respective towns.
“Ang mga barangays tani mareach gid nila,” Tabado said.IMT