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Written by Claudeth Ciriaco / Business Mirror

It was on a fine summer day in May on the island of Tingloy in Batangas when officials of the Department of Health (DOH)-Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) launched a noble program with one single-minded objective: Decisively end the prevalence of tuberculosis (TB) disease that afflicts a good number of island residents.

Written by Patricia Denise M. Chiu / Philippine Daily Inquirer

An alliance of 20 hospitals and laboratories is working to substantially bring down the cost of testing for tuberculosis (TB) in the country, hoping it would help erase the social stigma attached to TB and also provide a clearer picture of its prevalence among Filipinos.

Written by Jenny Lei Ravelo / Devex

Upon entering the Delpan quarantine facility for COVID-19 patients in Manila, a blue tarpaulin greets visitors scheduled for coronavirus swab testing with a question: “Kumusta Baga?,” which translates to “How are your lungs?” Below, in bolded letters, it reads: “FREE CHEST X-RAY.”

health care worker screening patient for TB

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Manila, March 24, 2021 --- Estimating over 100,000 deaths due to tuberculosis (TB) in the next five years, Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III sounded the alarm for a swift recovery in TB care and services amid COVID-19 quarantine restrictions.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has caused enormous health and economic impacts, even affecting our TB response. But let us come together and bring our TB response back on track,” Secretary Duque said at an online advocacy event in observance of World TB Day.

Over 100,000 Filipinos may die of tuberculosis (TB) in the next five years or 20,000 TB deaths per year if TB services continue to be disrupted because of mobility restrictions brought about by COVID-19.

A modelling study by the Imperial College of London projected between 65,100 to 146,300 TB deaths may happen if local TB services remain limited in another year.


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