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ANIMAL BITE TREATMENT CENTER

Brief History/HISTORY OF DEPARTMENT

Western Visayas Medical Center, being a tertiary care hospital, recognizes its responsibility as the nucleus of health care delivery to the constituents of the area. Aware of its role in the conduct of elements of Service, Training and Research, the institution proposes the establishment of Family Medicine. The creation of such a clinical unit shall consolidate the efforts of the Department of Health to extend quality health service in the region. 

It was in 1996 that Western Visayas Medical Center opened its doors to Family Medicine residency training program. This is through the mandate of the Department of Health under Dr. Hilarion Ramiro for the creation of the Department of Family & Community Medicine (DFCM) in government hospitals. This was a challenge to Dr. Jose Mari C. Fermin, Medical Center Chief, who appointed Dr. Annabelle de Guzman to create a concept for this new endeavor. Dr. Annabelle de Guzman, who was a diplomate and fellow from UP PGH, became the chairman of the said department. It was through her initiative that made the training a successful ground for family physicians.  In this training program, one of the services offered is the Animal Bite Treatment Center which is headed by Dr. Reme M. Silveo and Lizette Juntado as Head Nurse. The animal bite center is manned by the DFCM residents and with the assistance of the nurses.

 

Mission, Vision, Core Values

Objective: To implement the DOH policy, guidelines and procedures on Animal Bite Management and to ensure effective and efficient management for eventual reduction if not elimination of human rabies.

VISION:  To declare Philippines Rabies-Free by year 2022

MISSION: To eliminate human rabies by the year 2020

 

Other important rules/purpose

Executive Order No. 84: Declaring March as the Rabies Awareness Month, Rationalizing the Control Measures for the Prevention and Eradication of Rabies and Appropriating Funds.

Administrative Order No. 2014-0012 entitled New Guidelines on the Management of Rabies Exposures: To provide new policy guidelines and procedure to ensure an effective and efficient management for eventual reduction if not elimination of human rabies.

Administrative Order No. 2018-0013 entitled Revised Guidelines on the Management of Rabies Exposures: Ensure availability of anti-rabies vaccines to allow the use of Non-WHO Prequalified Rabies Vaccine but registered and approved by FDA only when there is shortage of vaccines.

Provision of Post Exposure Prophylaxis to all rabies exposures/ animal bite victims (provided by RA 9482).

 

Organizational Chart

 

Services Offered

Post Exposure Prophylaxis

Animalbite management during Covid-19 Pandemic

Pre- Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)

Health Education and advocacy campaign

     Rabies awareness and advocacy campaign is a year round activity highlighted on 2 occasions: March – the Rabies awareness month and September 28 – World Rabies Day. The campaign focuses on three target audiences; pet owners – to have their dog/s registered and vaccinated; animal bite victims- to practice immediate washing of bites with soap and water for at least 10 minutes and receive appropriate Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)if need from trained health workers and not from traditional healers

     To conduct a Rabies lecture and pre-exposure prophylaxis to the WVMC-Employee who are assigned to high risk/infectious area.

     To conduct a Rabies lecture and pre-exposure prophylaxis in our adaptive community at the 3 barangays of Guimbal.

 

Training/Capability Building

Training of Medical Doctors and Registered Nurses of ABTCs on the guidelines on the management of animal bite victims which is requirement for ABTC certification as providers of quality PEP services and PHIC accreditation.

Training on National Rabies Information System (NaRIS)

ABTC/ABC certification as quality PEP providers-PhilHealth Package

 

Annual Seminars/Upcoming events and activities

MARCH – RABIES AWRARENESS MONTH

SEPTEMBER 28 – WORLD RABIES DAY

APRIL 25, 2022 – FIRST CONSULTATIVE MEETING WITH PARTNERS, CERTIFIED/NON-CERTIFIED ABTC/ABC DOCTORS AND NURSES AND RABIES COORDINATORS THROUGH CISCO WEBEX

MAY 27, 2022 – UPDATES ON NATIONAL RABIES INFORMATION SYSTEM

JUNE 6 – 24 2022 – ONLINE RABIES TRAINING PROGRAM