Lubao town has highest TB cure rate-A A +A
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
LUBAO town has the highest case detection and cure rate on Tuberculosis (TB) in Pampanga province, based on the Local Government Performance Management System (2010-2011).
The LGU’s report card for 2011 followed the ME3 or Monitoring and Evaluation for Equity and Effectiveness, said Dr. Reynaldo Alipio, Lubao Rural Health Physician.
In line with this, the Department of Health (DOH), USAid from the American People and the Philippine Business for Social Progress awarded a certificate of recognition to the local government of Lubao headed by Mayor Mylyn Pineda-Cayabyab for its staunch advocacy against TB.
The DOH-Center for Health Development Central Luzon and Linking Initiative and Networking to Control Tuberculosis (TB LINC) Project awarded the citation to Pineda-Cayabyab over the weekend at the King's Royale Hotel and Leisure Park in Bacolor.
Dr. Leonita Gorgolon, director IV of CHD Central Luzon, and PBSP executive director Rafael Lopa, said Mayor Pineda-Cayabyab, who committed support and staunch advocacy against TB, has empowered the town to be above the rest of the LGUs in TB detection and cure rate.
"The thrust of the MHO and RHU of Lubao is to determine the number of patients with TB. Once detected, the patient will be treated for six months, with the LGU giving him or her free medicines, milk and even groceries," Alipio said.
He said the process is a collaborative effort by the LGU and the Provincial Government.
Alipio added that Barangay Health Workers conduct regular house-to-house visits in the town’s 44 barangays to monitor patients who have been suffering from week-long cough and fever that are the symptoms of TB.
For her part, Pineda-Cayabyab thanked the DOH, USAid and PBSP for the award, saying this could not have been possible without the support of the Provincial Government headed by Gov. Lilia Pineda and the people of Lubao.
"Siyempre nais natin pasalamantan ang mga organization na nagbigay sa atin ng parangal na ito, kay Nanay Gov. na walang sawang tumutulong at sumusuporta sa atin at ang mga konsehal, barangay captains, BHWs, RHU, MHO, municipal employees at sa mga kababayan ko sa Lubao. Ang award na ito ay nakamit natin dahil sa ating pagtutulungan at pagkakaisa," Pineda-Cayabyab said.
Cayabyab added the LGU will continue delivering effective and adequate health services to the people of Lubao. (Chris Navarro)
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on September 18, 2012.