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End-TB campaign in Abra strengthened

by Maritess Beņas

Bangued, Abra (30 November) -- A refresher course on sputum smear microscopy for the municipal midwives in the province was recently conducted eventually end tuberculosis as one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality.

The training on microscopy conducted at the Governors' Gallery in the Provincial Capitol was organized in two batches, with the first batch on November 10 - 12 and the second batch on Nov. 17-19.

The trainers were composed of the Regional Controllers of the National Tuberculosis Program (NTP), Mr. Roy Fiaching from the Cordillera Region and Ms. Ann Catherine Tan and Ms. Remedios Mercado, both from Region III, and Ms. Lilibeth Martin, the Provincial NTP Controller of Abra.

The sputum smear microscopy is the latest technology that could be applied by the rural health workers in detecting whether a patient is positive of tuberculosis (TB). The midwives are tapped to carry out this function in the rural health units due to the lack of medical technologists who are supposed to be the actors in this medical field.

The midwives were already given initial trainings on the sputum smear microscopy during the launching of the TB Direct Observation Treatment Short Course (DOTS) Program of the Department of Health-Center for Health Development some years back. The refresher course is given to them to strengthen their technical capability in the implementation of the TB DOTS program.

With the TB DOTS program, TB patients are provided free medicines for the six months treatment period. After 6 months, the patients are subjected to another sputum smear microscopy test to ensure that they have been treated by their TB. (PIA-Abra) [top]

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