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Philippines : Iloilo City steps up campaign on rabies awareness.

The city government here through the Office of the City Veterinarian has intensified its efforts on raising public awareness on rabies, responsible pet ownership, and animal bite prevention.

The information and education campaign on rabies awareness targets elementary schools in Iloilo City.

According to the Office of the City Veterinarian, the campaign classified as child-friendly program aims to equip school children with vital information on how to prevent and avoid animal bites.

The programs long term goal is to instill in the minds of the school children the dangers of rabies and to foster and promote among themselves the love for animals, which make them responsible pet owners in the future.

Data from the Iloilo Citys Animal Bite Center showed that there is a significant drop of animal bite incidence among children below 15 years old from 43 percent in 2015 to just 31 percent in 2016.

The IEC on rabies awareness among residents of Iloilo City is a vital component of the citys Comprehensive Rabies Control Program.

The Office of the City Veterinarian led by Dr. Tomas Forteza said that awareness and education of school children in elementary schools is a strategic approach for an effective IEC.

Aside from talks and symposia in schools, the office is also conducting annual free mass rabies vaccination in the barangays, impounding of stray dogs, and free neutering of pet dogs and cats.

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