March was Rabies Awareness Month and the City Veterinary Services Office (City Vet) was hard at work with various anti-rabies activities including rabies vaccinations and information dissemination in the communities.
City Veterinarian, Dra. Hermenegilda Sanque, reported that her office kicked off their anti-rabies campaign in Barangay New Isabela on March 9. The services given included free anti-rabies shots to the residents’ pet dogs and information drive on rabies and other animal diseases including African swine flu and foot and mouth disease, which afflict livestock, and bird flu, which affects poultry and other migratory birds.
The City Vet also conducted the same activity in barangay Calean and San Pablo on different dates. In total, the City Vet was able to vaccinate 2,010 dogs in Tacurong City for the entire period of March.
Out of the 15,000 canine population in Tacurong, 82% were administered with anti-rabies vaccination last year. In 2019, the City Vet aims to accomplish 92%.
On March 15, the City Vet also conducted a Rabies Awareness Symposium in front of hundreds of students at the Tacurong Pilot Elementary School.(YMR, LGUTac-Info)