North Cotabato town aims for 'zero TB case', culminates anti-TB month observance

September 2, 2015 6:10 am 

COTABATO CITY, Sept. 1 — The Rural Health Unit of Makilala in North Cotabato on Tuesday spearheaded a motorcade, a short program and symposium to celebrate the National Lung Month, aimed at attaining its goal of "zero TB" in Makilala.

The activity was joined in by the Integrated Provincial Health Office, personnel from the Department of Health, Makilala barangay officials and health workers, senior citizens, LGU officials and other concerned individuals of Makilala.

Dr. Gerogina Sorilla, Municipal Rural Health Unit Officer, said the observance of National Lung Month aims to focus the public’s attention to the pulmonary system and illnesses of the lungs and urge everyone to contribute to a better and healthier environment.

She added that the government aims to reach 3 million Filipinos through this celebration with the theme “Reach, Treat, Cure, Everyone with TB.”

It may be recalled that the month of August was declared the National Lung Month in the country through Presidential Proclamation No. 1761, which was signed by the former President Ferdinand Marcos on July 24, 1978.

Former President Fidel Ramos issued presidential proclamation no. 840; s 1996 dated July 30, 1996 declaring August 19 every year as the National TB day that marks the birth anniversary of President Manuel Luis Quezon who died of Tuberculosis.

She explained that TB is caused by bacteria Mycobacterium tuberculosis which most often affects the lungs and spreads from person to person through the air.

"When people with lung TB cough up, sneezes or spits, they propel the TB germs into the air. A person needs to inhale only a few of these germs to become infected," she said.

Sorilla reminded Makilaleños that in the event that they suffer continues five days of fever, coughing, and losing of weight with no appetite to eat they should visit the nearest Health Center for check-up and diagnosis.

She added that TB is now curable within six months with good compliance with medication and health care and that those who have it must not be ashamed to see health providers.

Board Member Claire Pagal, chair of the committee on health of the provincial council, represented Governor Emmylou Mendoza to the event.

Pagal emphasized the important role of the barangay officials and health workers in disseminating information on TB treatment, cure and prevention to help stop the spread of TB in their community.

She urged the public to be vigilant and responsibly advocate the early detection of TB to minimize if not prevent and eradicate this illness.

Meanwhile, Katherine dela Cruz, Makilala town council member and chair of SB health committee, said that the celebration of the National Lung Month is an important activity in increasing awareness on TB prevention and cure.

She reminded Makilaleños the importance of personal knowledge of the dangers of TB to be aware that they might get infected or infect others of the infectious tuberculosis in their daily interaction with other people. (PNA)

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