In support of the World Rabies Day, the university launched a National Anti-Rabies Vaccination campaign on September 27. The campaign, made possible in partnership with the DLSAU’s Veterinary Clinicians Society and in collaboration with ten confirmed DLS schools, was conducted in coordination with Bureau of Animal Industry – Animal Health and Welfare Division, and Provincial and City Veterinaries.
Four De La Salle schools were initially visited and serviced: De La Salle University Manila, De La Salle Lipa, La Salle College – Antipolo, De La Salle University – Dasmariñas, and De La Salle – Health Sciences Institute. From the four schools and the first week alone, a total of 414 cats and dogs were vaccinated.
On October 10, the VisMin leg of the campaign kicked off. Over the course of that weekend, St. Joseph School–La Salle (Bacolod), De La Salle Andres Soriano Memorial College (Toledo, Cebu), La Salle Academy (Iligan), and La Salle University (Ozamiz) were catered to. A day earlier on October 9, the DLSAU leg of the campaign was held at the Sts. Peter and John Parish, where our partner community, Brgy. Potrero, was attended to.
As of October 16, 1 085 cats and dogs have been vaccinated.
Our university’s campaign this year is the first time any school in the country has conducted an anti-rabies vaccination drive on a national scale.
Rabies, a viral disease that causes acute inflammation of the brain in humans and other animals, is commonly spread to human through animal bites or scratches. It is a fatal disease which causes between 26 000 to 55 000 global deaths a year—more than 95 percent of which occur in Asia and Africa. In the Philippines, 300 to 600 Filipinos, children aged 5–14 especially, die of rabies every year.
The National Anti-Rabies Campaign was made possible by the support and sponsorship of De La Salle Philippines, Univet and Animal Healthcare Co. (UNAHCO), GlamOrganic Shampoo, Dr. Elena Ferrer, and Peralta Veterinary Center.