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FTH sponsors TB treatment of 100 Kalinga recipients

By Gigi Dumallig

Tabuk, Kalinga (28 August) -- Sponsored by the Feed the Hungry (FTH) Incorporated, around 100 children will be treated from tuberculosis (TB) starting this August, according to Ms. Rose Alunday of the Provincial Health Office (PHO).

Alunday said in an interview that program targets children belonging to the poorest of the poor who are infected with TB. A screening team from Kalinga Medical Society is tasked to administer the treatment, monitor and regularly check the patient's status to ensure that the six months treatment will be complete.

The PHO on the other hand will ensure that the project is implemented and cover documentation and reporting of said program..

"The most vital role in this endeavor is the role of parents, who will be responsible in assuring that their children are taking the medication regularly," Alunday said, reminding that parents should be committed to finish the whole treatment since discontinued medication could result in resistance among patients.

"It is better not to treat at all if not committed to finish the six months treatment since this could endanger the health of the patient," she said explaining it would cause more extensive treatment leading to more expensive medicine.

"We also have to take note that the government has no existing program for said cases, so treatment is done by selected private hospitals in the country," she said.

TB she said was one of the top causes of mortality due to diseases, not only in the province but also nationwide.

Meanwhile, Alunday informed that this is the second phase of the FTH Anti-TB Project for Children in Kalinga where 200 poor children benefited from the same project during the first phase in 2003.

The project she said was pursued through the Sponsorship of FTH, a US-based non-profit charitable organization formed by a group of Filipino Americans in 1993, together with the KMS and PHO through the Commission of Filipinos Overseas under the Office of the President.

Other programs of the FTH Inc. include feeding and nutrition, livelihood, medical and dental mission, classroom buildings, scholarship, provision of grants to schools and energy and calamity relief. (PIA) [top]

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