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TB alert council, stakeholders join hands in fight vs infectious diseases

By Rose B. Palacio

Davao City (26 April) -- Department of Health (DOH) XI Director Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial is calling all TB Alert council members to attend a meeting scheduled on May 2 (Wednesday) at 1:30pm at the DOH conference room, along Bajada, Davao City primarily to discuss and evaluate the recently-concluded World TB Day activities and presentation of tuberculosis control and prevention activities per council member.

"The tuberculosis (TB) campaign of the administration is in line with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's commitment to promote healthy citizenry and treat all Filipinos afflicted with tuberculosis," DOH assistant director Dr. Salvador Estrera said.

The anti-TB program of the government using the Directly-Observed Treatment Short (DOTS) strategy is intended for the adult population to prevent the transmission of the disease to young people.

Director Rosell-Ubial said the DOH's health program is focused on the pro-poor policy of President Arroyo.

The President wants all Filipinos to be healthy, especially the poor and be totally cured if diagnosed and afflicted with TB.

The government is committed to extend continuous treatment to patients afflicted with TB or other contagious diseases.

Apart from the anti-TB program, the DOH has sustained the Sustansiya para sa Masa, a campaign against hunger and malnutrition among the poor through food fortification and micronutrient supplementation in various parts of the region.

The DOH, carried out - and continues to do so - programs to control if not eradicate infectious diseases, topped by diarrhea, bronchitis, malaria, dengue fever including TB which have remain one of the major causes of morbidity, particularly among the poor sector.

The health department also provided technical assistance and logistics as well as conducted health education campaigns to contain other diseases such as diarrhea, typhoid, cholera, malaria and viral infections, along with food and red tide poisoning.

Believing that disease prevention is just as important, if not more as cure, the DOH has been conducting the Garantisadong Pambata: Preschoolers health program every year. (PIA-XI) [top]

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