FOR PET’S SAKE AND PREVIEWS
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.