There are a lot of dog bite cases everyday and usually the innocent children are the victim. It occurs when the dog bites for the reason that it may be threatened, harmed or disturbed by humans. Other than that, there are some stray dogs that bite without any applicable reason. Aside from the trauma felt by the dog bite victim, tetanus and rabies infection should be considered.
Health education about dog bite and rabies is very important. Why? Because the community people still practices a plenty of wrong beliefs of its first aid nowadays. Some of these are as follows:
According to community folks, if a person is bitten by a dog, you have to:
3 Easy steps in performing “TAWAL”
Step 1- The quack doctor will utter latin words for wound healing
Step 2- The said person will get garlic and chew it using his/ her mouth
Step 3- Sprinkle the crushed garlic mixed with fresh saliva from the quack doctor’s mouth directly to the wound
It’s as easy as that! And take note, it’s very affordable. You can avail the quack doctor’s services for only 20-50 php. That’s why people in rural areas patronized the said mode of treatment.
On the other hand, it is of great advantage to you and your family if you are aware and knowledgeable of the first aid treatment for dog bite. Please follow these steps to ensure protection and freedom from tetanus and rabies infection:
TAKE NOTE: Not all Rural Health Unit is an animal bite treatment center. Make sure to ask where to avail anti-rabies vaccination.
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