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PIA Press Release
2008/02/06

People should be aware of TB DOH

By Rose B. Palacio

Davao City (6 February) -- Department of Health (DOH) National Tuberculosis Control and Prevention project regional coordinator Dr. Eloisa Lynn Segura said the people should be aware of the dreaded Tuberculosis disease because until now, the disease has remained as one of the leading causes of death, not only here in our country, but worldwide.

In a meeting yesterday at the DOH conference room participated in by its partner agencies and stakeholders, Dr. Segura stressed that the government has been implementing strategies in its fight against TB. The quest is to totally eradicate this disease in the future. However, Filipinos seem not really mindful of the disease.

Free TB medicines are continuously being provided by government, but TB patients are taking it for granted, she said.

TB patients have to complete the 6-month course if found TB positive. But sometimes (and most often), patients do not take TB drugs regularly if they feel that they are already well and in good condition.

The government has been moving forward and continuously disseminates correct information on how to combat, prevent and control TB, but still, the bottom-line is for

everyone to be aware of the disease, to totally solve the problem and eradicate it, she stressed.

Through the entire TB program's experience, the Directly Observed Treatment Strategy (DOTS) short course is still the best method in the treatment of TB.

Success of TB program implementation still relies on the elements of DOTS: sustained political commitment, access to quality-assured TB detection materials and methods, proper case management conditions, uninterrupted supply of TB drugs, and reporting and recording that will enable future assessment, learning and replication.

In Davao region, the City Health Office, through City Health officer Dr. Josephine Villafuerte and the Davao City Coalition Against TB (DAVCAT) spearheaded by Dr. Parkash Mansukhani have been closely coordinating our efforts in this campaign, she said.

The fight against TB has been given top priority ob the department as DOH and its partner stakeholders are also preparing the activities for the August month-long celebration on the drive against Tuberculosis. (PIA) [top]

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