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Binay urges Makatizens to have pets vaccinated amid shortage of anti-rabies shots

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Makati Mayor Abigail Binay wants to ensure that all her constituents will be protected against rabies.

Binay has urged pet owners in her city to have their animals vaccinated for rabies warning them about reports of shortage of available human anti-rabies vaccines.

“Apart from the expensive cost of human anti-rabies vaccines, the shortage could translate to fatalities if patients do not receive immediate treatment. The only thing we can do right now is to prevent cases of rabies in humans by making sure that our pets are vaccinated,” the lady politiko said.

She stressed that the lack of human rabies vaccines is alarming since the fatality rate is 100 percent.

She then appealed to all Makati residents to take advantage of the city’s anti-rabies program and have pets vaccinated for free – at the soonest time possible.

The Department of Health (DOH) recently confirmed the global shortage of human rabies vaccines.

On Tuesday, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III announced that the DOH will intensify its anti-rabies vaccination program for dogs in response to the problem. He also encouraged LGUs to step up their dog anti-rabies immunization campaigns and promote responsible pet ownership.

Luckily, rabies eradication is one of the key programs of Binay’s administration as she pioneered the pet microchipping project in the country that helps veterinarians determine the needed vaccination for every pet in the city, thus prevent rabies infection.