QUEZON City Mayor Herbert Bautista has recently signed an ordinance providing free and complete doses of anti-rabies immunization to city residents into law.
Bautista, in a statement, noted that City Ordinance 2682-2018, introduced by Councilor Diorella Maria Sotto, is in compliance with the National Rabies, Prevention, and Control Program under Section 7 of Republic Act 9482, otherwise known as the Anti-Rabies Act of 2007.
The QC government will provide free anti-rabies immunization and tetanus toxoid immunization as well as medicines and complete rabies exposure management such as wound care and counseling to residents who are already infected with the virus.
It shall also adopt the provision of the National Rabies Prevention and Control Program for pre-exposure prophylaxis to high risk patients and post-exposure prophylaxis to animal bite victims and to persons exposed to rabies.
The Quezon City Health Department (QCHD) will formulate the implementing rules and regulations of this ordinance.
Residents who wish to avail of the free anti-rabies immunization must present to the Quezon City Animal Bite Center at least two valid proofs of their residency such as voter’s ID/certification, postal ID, and latest billing of Meralco, Maynilad and Manila Water.
In 2015, Quezon City recorded 17,796 rabies exposures and four deaths.
It is the objective of the QC government to ensure uninterrupted supply of human rabies vaccine for effective management and reduction, if not elimination, of human rabies deaths in Quezon City, the ordinance said.