PIHO conducts TB caravan
In celebration of World Tuberculosis Day, the Provincial Integrated Health Office (PIHO) conducted Tuberculosis (TB) Caravan in the municipality of Ambaguio last March 12.
The TB caravan was conducted in Ambaguio due to low case finding with 11.53 percent case detection in the said area.
“We conducted the caravan in Ambaguio to educate the residents on TB causes, symptoms and treatment. Aside from this, we would like also to encourage them to consult with Rural Health Units (RHUs) and Barangay Health Centers for proper medical treatment,” said Vivian Dumangeng, Nurse III and tuberculosis program coordinator of the PIHO in an interview.
According to the 2016 National TB Prevalence Survey (NTPS), tuberculosis remains to be a significant health problem and a longstanding health challenge in the country.
Data shows that case detection of the province significantly dropped from 92 percent in 2016 to 68.79 percent in 2017 while treatment success rate is also lower than last year’s data and was not able to reach the 90 percent benchmark.
Issues raised include; insufficient diagnostic equipment that detects TB bacteria and genetic mutations associated with resistance to antibiotics, shortage of tuberculin test or PPD in RHUs, passive case finding in some areas, lesser priority given to patients and contact tracing were also cited problems that contributed to the low accomplishment of the PIHO in terms of TB programs.
In response, the PIHO continues to strengthen the conduct of active case finding, monitoring and “Tutok Gamutan” program to assist patients for consultations, maximizing the utilization of the available equipment for TB detection and recommend financial support from the Department of Health (DOH).
World TB Day will be celebrated on March 24 with the theme, Wanted: Leaders for a TB-Free World which encourages political leaders on building commitment to end TB. #krizel