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PIA Press Release
2007/04/17

TB mixed DOTS center to launch in Surigao City

by Fryan E. Abkilan

SURIGAO CITY (17 April) -- With the launching of the Public Private Mix (PPM) DOTS unit recently, the City Government of Surigao through the City Health Office will welcome patients with suspected tuberculosis (TB) or those needing proper diagnosis and free treatment.

Prevention, cure and total eradication of the illness in the coming years is the aim of the program PPM DOTS.

DOTS or Directly Observed Treatment Strategy is the most effective way of treating TB cases.

The affair is highlighted by the signing of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Department of Health (DOH), city government of Surigao, non-government organizations (NGOs), health institutions, physicians (public and private), and Industrial Company with an objective to enhance systematic referral from individual referring private physicians in order to facilitate management of patients and develop community volunteerism in helping and referring TB symptomatic who needed immediate diagnosis and treatment.

The city government here has been very supportive of the Anti-TB program, acknowledging the need to stop the dreaded disease. City Mayor Alfonso Casurra urged wider participation of private and civic organizations, local communities and health care providers. Casurra said his administration has provided adequate funds for the purchase of effective anti-TB medicines that were distributed free to all health centers of the city.

The activities would also include a motorcade in the afternoon to be followed by a ribbon cutting at Taft Main Health center PPMD unit and an opening program at the City Function Room. (PIA-Surigao del Norte) [top]

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