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Aklan to advance fight against TB

by Venus G. Villanueva

Kalibo, Aklan (4 May) -- The Provincial Government, together with the Provincial Health Office (PHO) will be putting advances in the campaign against tuberculosis.

One of the lined-up activities in advancing this fight is a consultative meeting May 5 at the GCLC Tourism and Training Center for members of the Aklan TB Council and the Provincial Health Office to orient them on the project.

Aklan Governor Carlito s. Marquez said TB remains to be one of the burdens of society.

Joining the fight against TB in Aklan is the Philippine Tuberculosis Society, Inc. (PTSI).

Marquez said this is a non-stock, non-profit, non government organization advocating for the prevention, treatment, and control of tuberculosis in the Philippines.

"They are one with the government in the provision of efficient and effective delivery of quality services towards achieving a TB-free country," Marquez said.

To work for the eradication of TB in Aklan, the governor said the PTSI will be working with TB LINC to provide technical assistance for the enhancement of private sector participation in TB Control.

The objective is to expand and improve the delivery of DOTS services in the private sector, improve the policy, financing and regulatory environment for private sector participation in DOTS, strengthen the policy and institutional governance for private sector involvement; and increase acceptance and practice of DOTS among private sector providers.

TB is the 6th leading cause of sickness and death in the Philippines. Everyday, 75 Filipinos die of TB, according to the PHO here in its most recent health update. (PIA) [top]

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