Department of Health (DOH) Regional Rabies Coordinator for SOCCSKSARGEN Ali Tumama, MD advised all participants of the Rabies Awareness Month forum to educate the community regarding wound care, specially those who are exposed to animals who might be infected with rabies virus.

The City Health Office spearheaded the event and was attended by the different City Community Volunteer Health Workers of the 20 barangays in Tacurong City last March 26 at Edjin Pension House.

The event aims to educate all health workers in the city on the upshots of rabies and how it infects its victims as well as the do’s and don’ts in providing treatment of those infected. Lectures on “Rabies on Dogs” and “Rabies on Humans” were discussed by City Veterinarian Hermenegilda Sanque, VMD and Asst. City Health Officer Efraim Collado, MD respectively.

Dr. Tumama also commended the city government for its immense support in the advocacy of making Tacurong City a rabies-free community, having no record of rabies cases for the past year.
Tacurong is also one of the two nominees of Region XII on the national level as a “rabies-free area” together with Cotabato City.

This activity is part of the scheduled events in celebration of Rabies Awareness Month which kicked off on March 8. It carries the theme “Working together for a Rabies Free Philippines.” (LGU-Tacurong City Information)