MANILA -- Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista on Monday signed an ordinance providing free and complete doses of anti-rabies immunization to city residents.
Authored by Councilor Diorella Maria Sotto, City Ordinance 2682-2018 is in compliance with the National Rabies Prevention and Control Program (NRPCP) under Section 7 of Republic Act 9482, or the “Anti-Rabies Act of 2007”.
“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.
The Quezon City local 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 NRPCP 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 will formulate the implementing rules and regulations of the ordinance.
City 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.
Currently, Quezon City has a population of more than 3 million. (PNA)