(Metro News) QC strengthens anti-TB drive

December 7, 2010 11:52 am 

MANILA, Dec. 7 – The city government said Tuesday the QC TB Management Council (TBMC) has launched the Multi-sector Alliance for a tuberculosis-free Quezon City.

QC Mayor Herbert Bautista said the kick-off event will expand the local government’s anti-TB efforts and gather support from different public and private groups to collectively fight the dreaded disease.

Bautista believed that through the support of everybody, and massive dissemination of information about and how to fight this dreaded disease, the city can attain the Millennium Development Goals of 70 percent case detection rate, 85 percent cure rate, and 50 percent reduced TB incidence by 2015.

About 150 personalities and representatives from the Vice-Mayor’s Office, QC Council, different organizations, hospitals, agencies and groups attended the event and gave support to the cause.

Tuberculosis or TB is an infectious disease caused by the “tubercle bacilli” bacteria which affect the lungs but may also attack any part of the body like the bones, intestines and kidneys.

Dr. Antonieta Inumerable, head of the QC Health Department, said one third of the world population has TB infection and 1.9 million people die every year because of TB.

The Philippines ranked ninth in 22 countries that have TB problem. TB ranked sixth among the 10 leading cause of death in the country with 75 Filipinos dying every day because of this disease.

The disease also ranked eight among the 10 leading causes of illness in Quezon City.

Felisa Tang of the QC health department said some of the anti-TB initiatives the city government has taken were Programmatic Management of Multi Drug Resistant TB, setting up of 43 Health Centers to serve as Treatment Sites and two (2) treatment centers –Kabalikat sa Kalusugan (KASAKA) and LCP-PHDU.

She said residents of the city who have manifestations of the disease should take advantage of the services offered by the 43 health centers serving as treatment sites in QC.

Other tasks of the QC TB Council in fighting the disease are: integration of plans of all the participating agencies and organization; monitoring the implementation of the TB control plans in the city, conducting regular meetings and updates from the TB control implementers, assist members in ensuring smooth implementation of the program and implementation of referral network system for TB. (PNA)

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