Guv calls for grassroots support vs TB

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Sunday, March 25, 2012


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Governor Lilia Pineda urged barangay officials and grassroots health workers to help in the province's fight against tuberculosis (TB) by monitoring cases in their respective barangays and referring these to provincial health officials.  

Pineda said such vigilance is the only way of achieving higher monitoring and cure records for Pampanga to remove it from the list of provinces with high prevalence cases of TB.

She made this call during Friday's TB Health Summit, which is part of the Department of Health's “Kalusugan Pangkalahatan” Program in cooperation with the Provincial Government of Pampanga.

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The event was attended by hundreds of local and provincial health workers from rural health units (RHUs), local government units (LGUs) and local officials.

Pineda said health outcomes in Central Luzon in general, and Pampanga in particular, are still wanting especially on maternal and child health, and in TB control.

Pineda said local officials should be fielding the government-issued tricycles (barangay patrol) in every barangay to ferry clients to hospitals or other health facilities for specific services like TB, immunization, delivery, etc.

"We will do capability building of District Hospitals to provide TB screenings. We will also be hiring and training additional medtechs and microscopists to do outreach services to undeserved areas, and training sputum smearers to improve access to microscopy services among hard-to-reach areas but this is in collaboration with purok leaders," Pineda said.

Pineda also said that they will strengthen the referral system between the district hospitals and RHUs so that clients diagnosed in the hospital will be referred to the RHU for the identification/designation of treatment partner and completion of treatment.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on March 25, 2012.

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