Dr. Fritzie P. Provido, head of the Provincial Veterinary Office took the opportunity to inform the colleagues in the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte of the fatal effect of Rabies to humans. Rabies is a viral disease that attacks the brain to cause inflammation. However, this disease can be prevented by regularly vaccinate the pet animals by the office concern. According to Dr. Provido, the recorded effect of Rabies to humans is only three days and the longest period was up to 20 years. The time is dependent on the distance the virus must travel to reach the nervous system.
After a person was bitten by a dog, it should be monitored within fourteen days the condition of the pet to determine if it is carrying the disease or not. If within the period of fourteen days the dog dies the owner should inform the Provincial Veterinary Office in order to decapitate the head of the pet to be examine in the Regional Office to determine if the dog dies due to Rabies or through natural cause.
Dogs or in general, all warm blooded animals are not born with Rabies said Dr. Provido. This rabies is caused by a number of lyssaviruses including the rabies virus and Australian bat lyssavirus. Once within a muscle or nerve cell, the virus goes replication.
Dr. Provido as well reminded the attendees to immediately wash the open wound caused by the dog bite or when saliva enters the open wound with soap and pour betadine on it then cover it with clean cloth or gauze bandage. Never pour vinegar or wipe it with garlic (ahus) as being practiced before.
Pet owners should be responsible enough to bring their pets to the nearest veterinary clinic to be administered with anti-rabies vaccines, added Dr. Provido.
Also on this moment, Ms. Eugenie P. Pusing, head of the Provincial Human Resource Management and Development Office, formally introduced the new two additional members of the PGLDN Family. Mr. Rolando D. Catiil, retired Army Colonel as the new Chief of the Provincial Civil Security Unit and Mr. Romeo Maglanque, retired Bureau of Jail Management and Penology as the head of the Provincial Jail Office.
The said convocation was held in-front of the Governor Arsenio A. Quibranza Provincial Government Center on November 6, 2017.