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PIA Press Release
2007/09/05

Capiz inmates out of TB's danger

by Jemin B. Guillermo

Roxas City (5 September) -- Inmates in Capiz are free from tuberculosis.

Results from the Provincial Health Office (PHO) of Capiz show that the 47 inmates who were symptomatic of tuberculosis (TB) were found negative of said disease.

According to Dr. Evelyn Bolido, PHO Medical Specialist, they conducted the TB in Jail Program at the Capiz Rehabilitation Center last month, where 47 of the 163 inmates were found symptomatic of TB.

Bolido stressed that said activity was part of the Lung Month celebration of the provincial government in partnership with the Philippine Tuberculosis Society (PTS).

Last year, about 4,533 Capiceņos were found to have been TB symptomatics and 776 were found positive and had initiated treatment, Bolido said.

Under the province's TB control program, some P286,100.00 have been earmarked this year from P198,000.00 budget last year.

Budget Secretary Rolando Andaya earlier said that the government will increase the TB control budget of the Department of Health (DOH) to P280 million next year to combat a resurgent disease which is said to infect 6 in 10 Filipinos and claims one life every 20 minutes in the country.

Part of said budget will be used for the purchase of anti-TB drugs and education and training programs, among others.

The Philippines ranks fourth in the world in the number of cases of tuberculosis, the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed, adding that TB becomes the sixth leading case of illness and death among Filipinos. (PIA) [top]

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