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NegOcc LGUs urged to procure animal rabies vaccines

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Local government units in Negros Occidental have been urged to allocate funds for the purchase of anti-rabies vaccines.

Dr. Ryan Janoya, head of Provincial Veterinary Office Animal Health and Meat Inspection Services Division, said the supply of vaccines is not enough to cover the entire dog population in the province.

“Negros Occidental lacks vaccines for rabies. LGUs should not only rely on the provincial government,” Janoya added.

According to him, the Bureau of Animal Industry can only provide 500 vials of anti-rabies vaccines for Negros Occidental this year.

The province, excluding Bacolod City, has an estimated dog population of 262,000.

“We are doing visits to mayors and other local officials to encourage them to allocate budget for anti-rabies vaccines,” he said.