Nueva Vizcaya’s TB detection up – Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines
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Nueva Vizcaya’s TB detection up

By on April 7, 2015

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya – The level of case detection efforts of health workers on infectious disease Tuberculosis(TB) in the province has gone up.

Dr. Edwin Galapon, provincial health officer said TB case detection went up from 61 percent in 2013 to 84 percent in 2014 though it was not yet able to reach the national benchmark of 90 percent for 2016.

The improvement on the province’s case detection was due to the contribution of municipalities such as Bagabag, Quezon, Solano, Bambang and Sta. Fe.

“These municipalities who have intensified their efforts on the government’s TB Prevention Program registered 90 percent case detection rate,” Galapon said.

TB Cure Rate in the province, he added also decreased from 88.81 percent in 2013 to 85.48 percent in 2014 while the Treatment Success Rate(TSR) in 2013 and 2014 is at 87 percent compared to the 90 percent benchmark.

TSR means that TB cases were either cured or treated.

The satisfactory implementation of the TB Prevention Program(TPP) in the province, according to Galapon was due to the good practices of the municipalities of Bayombong, Villaverde, Aritao, Dupax del Norte, Dupax del Sur and Kasibu, integration of the TB program in Nutrition Program, strengthening of monitoring activities, referrals from public and private hospitals and training off health workers on the TPP.

“These LGUs were given TB Aiders provided by the Department of Health(DOH),” he said.

Galapon also appealed to TB patients to complete their treatment so that the disease will be eliminated fully and thereby prevent its further transmission to others.
“We still have high percentage of defaulters especially in the municipalities of Solano and Bambang,” he said.#BenMosesEbreo