Animal Scene - - CONTENTS - Text by RA­MON FRANCISCO

Jimmy, a 6-year-old kid, was play­ing hide­and-seek in front of his shanty when an askal (stray dog) rushed to the boy’s side and bit his left leg. Neigh­bors took Jimmy to a nearby hospi­tal, but were told that there was no more anti-rabies vaccine. Hop­ing to save the boy, his neigh­bors took a tri­cy­cle and rushed him to a big­ger hospi­tal. Doc­tors and nurses ran to the kid and took him to the ER (emer­gency room). There, he was given the last anti-rabies vaccine vial. Friends heard a sigh of re­lief. Af­ter more days of treat­ment, all’s well that ends well for Jimmy. This story can very well show the short­age of anti-rabies vaccine in public hos­pi­tals not only in Metro Manila but also else­where. Hence, the De­part­ment of Health and the De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture’s an­i­mal in­dus­try joined forces and launched a mas­sive anti-rabies pro­gram. Dengue fever took a back seat.

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