On June 4, a Facebook user named Celine Anne Giguera Hugo posted photos of a police officer who assisted and paid for the hospital bill of an old beggar in San Lazaro Hospital.
In the caption, the old woman was begging for alms when she was attacked by a stray dog.
The police officer, identified as PO2 G. P. Jalandoni, took pity and paid for her bill and medicine after seeing her in the waiting area of the hospital.
Hugo added that although he knew that the old woman can’t pay him back, Jalandani still paid P1,200 for a whole vial of anti-rabies medicine.
Another Good Samaritan, as seen in the second photo, stepped in and also gave her money.
A screenshot of the post that was shared by the Philippine National Police (PNP) on its Facebook page went viral and now has almost 100,000 likes and more than 21,000 shares.
The netizens, including Hugo, praised and saluted the two men for their good deed. Other netizens even noted that there should be more policemen like Jalandoni.
Rabies is mainly a disease of animals. Humans acquire this disease only when bitten by infected animals, usually dogs or cats. It infects a person through contact of a rabid animal’s saliva.
Its symptoms may include fever, headache, anxiety, confusion, difficulty swallowing, seizure, hallucinations, and paralysis. It usually develops for three weeks or possibly years. Once a person experiences the symptoms, it will be hard to cure because human rabies is almost always fatal.
It is advised that a person infected should see the doctor immediately so they can give rabies shots to prevent the disease from spreading.
According to the Department of Health, there are about 300 to 600 Filipinos that die every year. Fortunately, the Anti-Rabies Act of 2007 (RA 9482) provides the guidelines to prevent and control rabies in the Philippines. A collective effort to control rabies under a National Rabies Prevention and Control Program is tasked to several agencies and persons. Its main goals are to give mass vaccination to dogs, establish a registry of vaccinated dogs, and ensure proper disposition of unregistered and stray dogs.
The Department of Agriculture (DA) is tasked to ensure an adequate supply of animal anti-rabies vaccine while the Department of Health (DOH) is directed to ensure an adequate supply of human anti-rabies vaccine in animal bite centers nationwide.
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Leyte Normal University