M’lupa boosts rabies control

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To intensify its rabies prevention and control program, the local government of Muntinlupa has teamed up with the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC) to launch the Community-Based Rabies Surveillance (CBRS) project.

Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi signed a memorandum of agreement with GARC Asia representative Dr. Sarah Jayme and other local officials Thursday with high hopes that the project will improve the city’s efforts on the control and elimination of human and animal rabies-related cases.

The CBRS system project aims to pilot and enhance the early warning and rapid response for rabies.

It also intends to facilitate and improve active rabies surveillance at the community level through an integrated approach including community health workers, veterinarians, and human health and laboratory professionals.

Muntinlupa City Veterinarian Dr. Pamela Hernandez said the partnership seeks to develop and implement an all-inclusive surveillance system that tracks and links suspected animals and humans that have been potentially exposed to rabies, including laboratory diagnosis.

Hernandez added the project also involves participation from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) and the Barangay Rabies Control Committee (BRCC) of Muntinlupa’s nine barangays.

Recently, the Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Animal Industry lauded the City Veterinarian Office for its outstanding rabies program. The bureau also praised the city for constructing the very first state-of-the-art government facility for animal pounding.

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