Zambo’s anti-TB advocacy is model in Thailand confab PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 August 2013 11:20

Zamboanga City’s efforts in combating tuberculosis continue to make strides not only in terms of attaining its goals on the local target sector but also in terms of how other institutions—local and international, view its impact.

Just recently, the Network Conference on Health, a worldwide organization, has chosen the city’s abstract on TB prevention and control to be one of the few models of good practices to be presented during a gathering of world anti-TB advocates in Ayutthaya, Thailand on November 15.

City Health Officer Rodelin Agbulos said the city’s abstract has been chosen from among the numerous models from all over the country submitted for the selection.

“We are now reaping the fruits of our labor,” Dr. Agbulos declared as he thanked and commended the Zamboanga Hermosa TB Council and his City Health Office staff for the noteworthy efforts.

He stressed it will be a big honor for Zamboanga City to be made as a model in the anti-TB drive in the worldwide event.

The city’s partners in the anti-TB drive are the DOH and Rotary Clubs, Zamboanga Hermosa TB Council to include the ParLinking 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), TB Task Force Zamboanga and AGAPE Human Development Foundation Inc. and TB champions from the various districts of the city.

Because of the aggressive anti-TB initiatives, TB in Zamboanga has slid to the 16th place in the morbidity list from the previous 7th place and number 7 in the mortality rate compared to before when it was number 4.

Early this month, the CHO, Rotary Clubs and other partner agencies organized the “Walk, Run and Bike” an anti-TB event highlighting the observance of Lung Month. Some 8,000 people participated in the event.

The 2013 Lung Month celebration is themed “Tuldokan ang TB, Ikalat ang Tamang Impormasyon Hindi and Diskriminasyon,” which focuses on the mitigation of tuberculosis (Tubercle Bacillus), a common infectious disease caused by strains of mycobacteria that usually attack the lungs of victims. — Sheila Covarrubias