More bite treat­ment cen­ters, dog vac­ci­na­tions needed

Manila Times - - Front Page - BY CON­RAD M. CARINO

THE network of an­i­mal bite treat­ment cen­ters (ABTCs) in the Philip­pines is at the front­line in treat­ing an­i­mal bite vic­tims, which peaked at 1.085 mil­lion in 2016, ac­cord­ing to a re­search pa­per posted on­line.

The re­search pa­per ti­tled, “The eval­u­a­tion of op­er­at­ing An­i­mal Bite Treat­ment Cen­ters in the Philip­pines from a health provider per­spec­tive,” posted on­line on July 12, 2018, found that the coun­try has only 513 ABTCs.

The num­ber of ABTCs needs to be in­creased to at least 1,000 to meet the ideal ra­tio of one cen­ter per 100,000 pop­u­la­tion, ac­cord­ing to the study. Also, the dis­tri­bu­tion of ABTCs all over the coun­try is not ideal. ABTCs are run ei­ther by a lo­cal gov­ern­ment unit or the De­part­ment of Health (DoH).

Seventy out of the 81 prov­inces in the coun­try has at least one ABTC, while Metro Manila has 30 cen­ters. Twelve prov­inces have no ABTCs, the study found.

“Across all prov­inces, there was

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