Thousands join Sunday’s ‘Zumba na Zambo’ fitness PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 August 2012 14:16

Thousands of people from all walks of life joined Sunday’s Zumba na Zambo, a fitness program intended to further promote the healthy lifestyle outlook for every Zamboangueño and particularly to drum up awareness on TB prevention and control.

In his message, Mayor Celso Lobregat thanked the Rotary Club of Zamboanga City, Department of Health, the Zamboanga Hermosa TB Council, the City Health Office and other agencies for organizing the activity even as he also commended the thousands of people who participated the early morning march despite it was a Sunday.  It was held at the JFE Memorial Sport Complex in Baliwasan.

For his part, City Health Officer Dr. Rodel Agbulos expressed elation over the huge turnout of participants, adding that Zamboanga City has reached its target on detection and cure rate of tuberculosis.

“We try to make people aware on prevention and control of diseases and smoking,” Agbulos said, adding that TB and smoking are interrelated. 

The Hermosa TB Council in cooperation with partner agencies spearheads the conduct of various initiatives year round to promote TB prevention and control in Zamboanga City.

Dr. Agbulos stressed anew that Tuberculosis, a contagious disease is now curable and preventable. He said Zamboanga City has the facilities and the capability to cure TB and what is necessary is early detection and prevention by urging people showing symptoms of the disease to immediately consult with doctors or health workers in their respective barangays.

Zumba is a fitness program that involves dance and aerobics elements. Its choreography incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, meringue, mambo, martial arts and some bollywood and belly dance moves.

Partner agencies of the Zamboanga Hermosa TB Council include the Rotary Clubs of Zamboanga, Linking Initiatives and Networking to Control TB (TB-LINC), World Vision-Social Mobilization on TB (SMT), Philippine Coalition Against Tuberculosis (Philcat), Zamboanga Coalition Against Tuberculosis (ZAMCAT), Center for Health Development Zamboanga Peninsula, Rotary Clubs of Zamboanga, TB Task Force Zamboanga and AGAPE Human Development Foundation Inc. and TB champions from the various districts of the city. — Sheila Covarrubias