CHO reports gains in anti-TB campaign PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 03 September 2014 13:17

Tuberculosis (TB), which is a potentially serious infectious disease that mainly affects the lungs, is now down to No.13 from being one of Top 10 killer diseases in Zamboanga City.

City Health Officer Dr. Rodelin Agbulos announced this Monday, saying that the city government through his office had successfully bring down the number of TB cases in the city through information, advocacy and curative campaigns.

He said in 2009 the TB case detection rate in the city was about 73% but at present it is already 103% (case detection rate) although the curative rate is about 95%.

“TB was used to be in the city’s Top 10 morbidity list but now it is down to No. 13. This shows that our prevention and control measures were effective,” Agbulos said as the CHO led Sunday the series of activities marking the end of this year’s National TB Month (Lung Month) celebration in August.

The series of activities was highlighted by the Fun Run and Bike from Paseo del Mar to the City Coliseum in Tetuan. It was preceded by a warm-up Zumba among the participants at Paseo.

From Paseo del Mar, the participants numbering around 6,000 from the different sectors joined the fun run and bike to the City Coliseum where a program was held.

In the program were anti-TB jingle competition and the TB or TV raffle draw where the participants had to choose between TB or TV.

“We were able to work, especially on the number of cases detected and the curing. Above all, in the targets for TB given by DOH, Zamboanga City has successfully reached high above the targets,” Dr. Agbulos told the news conference.

At the same time, Agbulos announced the health calendar for September, foremost of which is the Generics Awareness Month and the Liver Cancer Awareness Month.

The period from Sept. 1-7 is National Epilepsy Awareness Week, Sept. 7-11 is Obesity Prevention and Awareness Week, Sept. 9-13 is National Suicide Prevention Week, Sept. 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day, Sept. 26 is World Heart Day and Sept. 28 is World Rabies Day.

Meanwhile, for the month of August the CHO had served a total of 1,874 medical patients and 360 dental patients through the “Dia del Alcade” in the barangays of Tumaga, Tictabon, Manicahan, San Roque, Sacol Island, Zone II, Sacol Island and Talon-Talon Loop. — Vic Larato