Health authorities probe death of child due to rabid dog bite

Posted by watchmen
January 27, 2024
Posted in News

Health authorities in Negros Oriental are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a grade school boy who died on Wednesday, January 24, after being bitten by a rabid dog last month.

Dr. Liland Estacion, Provincial Health Officer (PHO), denied claims that a hospital refused to admit the boy, a 10-year-old from Barangay Inawasan, Pamplona town, after exhibiting symptoms of rabies.

Estacion said an initial report received by her office said that a stray puppy bit the boy on his left foot last December 22.

No medical treatment was made, and the boy was brought instead to a “tandok” or folk doctor.

On Monday, January 22, the boy experienced shortness of breath, and pain in his genital area, chest and leg.

Two days later, he showed fear of water, one of the common signs of rabies in a patient, and his family brought him to the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital.

She said the hospital did not turn them down but told them that his was a rabid case and could not be treated anymore.

“The hospital did not turn away the patient but suggested that he would be placed in an isolation room to prevent the spread of rabies and for public safety as rabid people tend to be aggressive,” she said.

According to the PHO chief, the family allegedly absconded and took the boy from the hospital isolation room to Barangay Bagacay, where he died on Wednesday after the symptoms worsened.

He died at around 2:00 a.m. due to cardiac arrest.

Meanwhile, health authorities in Pamplona and Dumaguete City have undertaken contact tracing for persons who had come into close contact with the boy.

Dr. Ma. Sarah Talla, City Health Officer, said they immediately gave prophylaxis treatment to the contacts and were told to have their repeat vaccines after the prescribed period.

Estacion said this was the first rabies case in Negros Oriental for this year as she urged dog owners to have their pets vaccinated against rabies. (PNA)

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