Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Free Anti Rabies Vaccine at the City Animal Bite Center

Last Thursday, one of our house employee G, had fever with no other symptoms like cough and colds that trigger infection. We found out that day, that she was bitten and scratched by one of the stray cats that frequent in our near our house on Monday. 

I do not know why she did not tell us about the incident as early as possible for proper treatment. As her employer, we were concerned and anxious that maybe the fever was due to the cat bite and that rabies may be present, thus, we brought her to the City Hospital for a consultation.

It was actually our first time in Cagayan de Oro's JR Borja Memorial City Hospital presently known as J.R. Borja Memorial Medical Hospital at Brgy. Carmen. I was expecting a low maintenance, old building, and dirty hospital with only few staff like the usual public hospital in the country but to my surprise it was the opposite.

It has a newly built building (though the old building is still there), and the emergency room was quite big and the nurses are very accommodating. Except for that lady nurse, I forgot to get her name, was being sarcastic, when she asked why it took 4 days after the cat bite to have it reported. Hah! Aba! Kung alam ko lang kung ano nang yari, dinala ko na agad sa hospital! But the fact our helper didn’t tell us about the incident, eh ano magagawa namin. Anyway, I was being calmed, and did not bother confronting her.  Instead, proceeded to the other male nurse, who graciously examined G and explained to us about the possible infection of rabies. G has to be injected with anti-rabies vaccine the following day at the Animal Bite Center also located at the City Hospital.

Very early at 7AM the next day, my husband accompanied G to the City Hospital for her anti-rabies shot + tetanus shot. I couldn’t imagine how much we have to pay if we have the shots at a private hospital. That means, overdrop na naman sa budget, but if we don’t have other choice, kailangan hanapan ng paraan, buhay and nakasalalay.

Fortunately, the vaccine at the Animal Bite Center was for free. Ha! As a tax payer (with 32% tax deducted in my monthly salary), we are very glad that part of our taxes were used properly, such us free vaccine for underprivileged like our house employees. She was told that she needs to undergo 3 series of shots, one shot was administered on Friday, next shot on Monday and 3rd on Friday the following week.

Yesterday, since she was already free from fever, I dropped her at the City Hospital for her 2nd anti-rabies shot, the booster, and then drove my son to his school. I asked her later about her appointment, she told me that everything was fine and the next schedule will be on Friday.

Now at least, we’re confident that she’ll be okay. And as for the cat, we can’t identify which of those stray cats had bitten her.

To my readers, if you have cases like dog and cat bites consult the doctor right away and have anti-rabies shots at the nearest government agency that administer the free anti-rabies vaccine in your area. As a tax payer we also need to avail these government services after all, the fund came from our monthly taxes.

What We Need to Know About Rabies.

Rabies is a viral infection caused by a virus under the Rhabdoviridae family that affects warm-blooded animals and also human being that attacks the nervous system. Rabies can be fatal will cause death if left untreated. A human being or a person can get infected once bitten by an infected or a rabid animal.

An infected person may exhibit symptoms like fever, headache, anxiety, vomiting, difficult to swallow and even paralysis. The average incubation period is from 2 months to 5 years.
There is no known treatment for rabies, but the spread can be prevented by vaccine soon after bitten by rabid animals like dogs and cats which are common to our neighborhood. 

To prevent getting infected by rabies, here are some tips to remember:

If you have a pet have it vaccinated. Ask for a vaccination schedule either the private veterinary clinic or at the government agency that administer the free vaccination.

Keep your pet away from stray animals. Once bitten by a rabid animal your pet might get infected also.

Lock your gate or keep watch of your pet always. To avoid neighbors from getting attacked if provoked. As the pet owner, you are responsible to pay for the victim medical needs, and it’s very costly.

Stay away from your pet when they are eating, sleeping or nursing their babies, they tend to be sensitive.

Do not touch or come near other pets, to avoid getting attacked.   

Once bitten by stray animals, always assumed that they have rabies or unvaccinated. Go to the nearest hospital for proper treatment.