Contributed by Greg Refraccion
MORONG, Bataan – The Department of Health through the provincial health office and the municipal government of Morong, Bataan had intensified its campaign against the contagious tuberculosis.
DOH officials said the on-the-spot monitoring of municipalities where TB is prevalent is conducted every four months to closely detect residents with the “dreaded” disease.
Morong Mayor Cynthia L. Estanislao said “sometimes it is disappointing to note that some local folks who carry the disease are too shy to report to the rural health center or to a doctor for fear of being shunned by their relatives.”
The lady mayor who is herself a doctor urged local residents to come to the doctor if they felt something’s wrong with their health for early detection of TB. She said the “dreaded” disease is now curable given the right medication.
The stigma of catching TB has afflicted many residents in the far-flung villages of the country. They were not that serious enough to see a doctor either for lack of transportation or for fear of being detected a having TB.
No less than DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III recently said that “There is nothing to be ashamed of having TB since it is now curable.”
According to DOH record, Morong had 95 cases of TB for the period July to August 2018. Compared to other Bataan towns the number is a cause for concern, DOH officials observed.
The DOH reports said the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) recently gave P2.5 billion grant to the Philippines for the TB Innovation and TB Platforms projects that will run from 2018 until 2023. The project, DOH said, will “actively” find TB patients, improve the management of the TB database, cure TB cases in the country, and support the local governments’ and the health department’s National TB Control Program.