More bite treatment centers, dog vaccinations needed
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