Zambo prepares for World TB Day PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 13:23

The City Health Office is making the necessary preparations for the observance of World Tuberculosis (TB) Day on March 24.

The World TB Day observance is designed to raise puIn support of the city’s thrust to reduce – if not entirely eliminate – cases of dog bites and rabies, the Office of the City Veterinarian has stepped up its efforts to clean city streets of stray dogs.

Last month, the office has caught a total of 190 dogs in dog-catching activities conducted in the barangays.

Barangay Tetuan leads the roster with a total of 115 dogs caught whereas Barangay Talon-Talon contributed 44 dogs to the list.

Barangays Tumaga, Sta. Maria and San Roque caught 15, 10 and 6 canines, respectively.

The Office of the City Veterinarian is leading the city’s observance of the Rabies Awareness Month which kicked off March 5th with a motorcade that culminated in a short program at Southcom Elementary School in Calarian. — Claudine Unianablic awareness about the global epidemic of TB and efforts to eliminate the disease.

City Health Officer Dr. Rodelin Agbulos said part of the activities in this city is the “Marcha Contra TB” (March against TB) set to be held on Monday.

Agbulos said the march will start from the gymnasium of the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) to the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex “where we will have all the services for TB.”

Agbulos said among the services for TB that will be held at the sports complex are free consultations, free X-ray and sputum examination, “to include other testing like HIV (human immuno virus) because it is very closely related with TB.”

“All these things (consultations) shall be done inside the evacuation camps at the sports complex,” he said.

City Hall records show there are still 2,441 families comprising of 13,174 individuals that are still housed at the sports complex.

They are among the thousands of families that were displaced by the September 2013 standoff in this city.

Agbulos said that this year’s World TB Day observance is anchored on the theme “Prevent TB cases in the community.”

Meanwhile, Agbulos announced that his office registered last year a 94 percent cure rate of TB and a case detection rate of 91 percent.

Agbulos said that his office, through the different health centers in the barangays, distribute anti-TB medicines for free to people found positive of the disease.