Legazpi City, Albay under state of calamity due to rabies
Aileen Cerrudo • June 27, 2019 • 6397
The local government of Legazpi City, Albay has declared a state of calamity to access funds which will be used to purchase of anti-rabies vaccines.
According to Dr. Emmanuel Estipona, officer-in-charge of the City Veterinary Office of Legazpi, they already ran out of anti-rabies vaccines.
Based on the record of the City Veterinary Office, the population of dogs in the city is around 22,000 but only 8,000 dogs have been vaccinated for this year.
Estipona said an anti-rabies vaccine is estimated to cost P50. They would need around P800,000 to vaccinate the rest of the dog population.
“Alarming ang case ng rabies. Once na may isang case ka diyan, considered as outbreak iyan kasi hindi iyan normal occurrence sa isang lugar lalo na sa Legazpi. We had 35 last year. In 2017, eleven lang, so nagti-triple, (Rabies is an alarming case. Once you have one case of [rabies], it is already considered an outbreak because that is not a normal occurrence in an area especially in Legazpi. We had 35 [cases] last year, in 2017 it was only 11 — it tripled),” he said.
The City Veterinary Office has warned of filing charges against dog owners who neglect their pets and leave them wandering in the streets.—AAC (with reports from Allan Manansala)
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“All concerned establishments are warned not to distribute violative food products until they have been issued the appropriate authorization, a License to Operate (LTO) for the establishment, and a CPR for the food products,” according to the FDA.
They also advised the public to always check if a food product or food supplement is registered with the FDA through their website (www.fda.gov.ph).—AAC
London-based Filipino radiographer has created an open magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner replica out of Lego blocks for patients experiencing ‘scanxiety’.
Apollo Exconde, who works as a radiographer at Croydon University Hospital, said that ‘scanxiety’ is a kind of anxiety experienced when undergoing a medical scanner.
“I came up with the idea because most of our patients here are claustrophobic and plus-size of all ages. They don’t only come from kids but some of our patients are elderly who are suffering from claustrophobia,” he said.
The MRI Lego replica is designed with a wide unobstructed view to better explain patients the MRI process. Patients will also be able to see what they will look like when they undergo an MRI scan.
Apollo hopes this replica can provide assurance to patients who are having “scanxiety”.
“A solution to help my patients conquer it one Lego brick at a time,” he said.
The said replica has gone viral on social media. It has also been featured in different radiology websites across Europe.
Apollo’s Lego idea already has 3,681 supporters. He would need 10,000 supporters for the Lego company to adopt and reproduce the open MRI.
“Hello mga kababayan! I’m Apollo. Please support my Lego Open MRI idea by typing in any search engine “Lego Open MRI”, register, and click support. Thank you!” announced Apollo.—AAC (with reports from Jovic Bermas)
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