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PIA Press Release
2007/04/24

No one is spared from TB disease - DOH

By Rose B. Palacio

Davao City (24 April) -- Everyone has to bear in mine that "no one is spared from tuberculosis disease because transmission is airborne", said Dr. Elisa Lynn Segura, regional TB coordinator of the Department of Health (DOH) adding that this can be simply avoided if only people could be cautious and knows how to prevent it.

Dr. Segura said DOH are monitoring TB cases especially those that seek medication from private hospitals.

We are targeting a zero case on TB if only patients would follow and maintain TB drugs as required and avoid drug resistant, she said.

A TB treatment can cost about P8,000 to P10,000 per patient to complete a six-month treatment course, but can go as high as P100,000 or even more if one becomes a drug-resistant or the patient is already immune of TB medicines because of non-completion of the whole treatment course.

TB program has tapped private hospitals, doctors and private centers with the Direct Observation Treatment Strategy (DOTS) which is now strictly being implemented in both public and private hospitals.

Both public and private centers have already agreed to collaborate and help each other to capture the data of all TB patients, she said.

The Philippines ranks 2nd in TB cases among Asian countries and 7th in the world.

The government hopes to totally eliminate TB disease and have a 100 percent cure rate as soon as possible, Dr. Segura said. ([PIA-XI) [top]

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