Bike, run, walk to Stop TB now set August 28 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 25 August 2011 16:35

The Hermosa TB (Tuberculosis) Council and Rotary Clubs of Zamboanga are expecting around 20,000 participants to boost public awareness campaign on Sunday dubbed “Bike, Run, Walk to Stop TB Now!”.

Assembly will begin at 4:00 PM at the Paseo del Mar. Running will begin at 4:30 PM followed by Walking at 4:40 PM and Biking at 5:00 PM.
Registration centers have been set up at City Hall, Budget Wise Center at Veterans Avenue and at Gibi store in Mindpro.
The 3-in-one activity culminates the observance of Lung Month in Zamboanga.

The council invited all colleges, selected secondary schools, hospitals, canning factories, local and national offices, police, armed forces of the Philippines, government controlled corporations and other non-government organizations to raise public consciousness about TB. All invited entities were provided with a form to determine how many participants each will be sending to participate in running, walking and biking. 

For Running, participants will cover a 5-kilometer route that will begin at Paseo de Mar passing thru Valderrosa Street then Mayor Climaco Avenue, turning to Ledesma Road, passing thru Alejo Alvarez Street and exiting to R.T Lim Boulevard. They will continue running passing in front of Zamboanga National High School West until Zamboanga City Polytechnic College then will turn to Baliwasan Chico passing thru San Jose Road, turning to Normal Road and will enter the City’s grandstand thru Entrance 2 fronting the exit gate of WMSU.

For Walkers, from Paseo del Mar, they will take the same route however, instead of continuing further to Baliwasan Chico, they should turn right of Zamboanga National High School West to Normal Road entering the same entrance as the runners. They will walk for 3 kilometers.

For the Bikers, they will cruise a 16-kilometer route from Paseo del Mar passing thru Marcos Street then to Veterans Avenue Extension going to Sta. Cruz Market. They will turn right to Tetuan High Way going passing thru Coca-Cola Plant and continuing until reaching the Lunzuran-Putik crossroad. They will turn left passing thru Putik-Tumaga Road then straight to Tumaga Road then turn to Governor Ramos Avenue going to San Roque. Upon reaching the San Roque-Gov. Ramos Ave. junction, they will turn left going to Suterville. From there they will pass thru Baliwasan Road Going to San Jose Gusu, then they will turn right to Baliwasan Chico , cruising thru R.T Lim Blvd then turn left to ZNHS West before taking Entrance 2 of the grandstand.

The activity according to City Health Officer Rodel Agbulos is to involve various sectors in a campaign drive to drum up awareness on the control and prevention of lung diseases or disorders especially TB.

Zamboanga City accomplished an excellent feat last year by recording a 94% cure rate, exceeding the national benchmark of 85%.

However, despite the efforts of the City, there are still individuals who are taking the symptoms of TB lightly thus risking their lives. As of the moment, there are already 87 deaths caused by tuberculosis out of the 549 cases from January of this year.

Agbulos stressed that the public should know that TB is very curable and that its treatment is for free. (Richard Aliangan/City Hall PIO)