“Tuberculosis (TB) should not be a thing to be ashamed of,” said Pamela Garcia, provincial national tuberculosis program coordinator of the Palawan Provincial Health Office (PHO).
Garcia said those with TB should have themselves checked with by a doctor and be given the appropriate medications.
She added that there are now available apparatus that could detect TB.
In Puerto Princesa City, there is already a Detect TB Bus funded by the Korean Foundation for International Health Care that contains high-tech equipment like an x-ray machine capable of detecting any sign of TB in a person.
In 2014, TB cases in Palawan reached 2,200 compared to only 2,100 in 2013.
Tuberculosis is a disease caused by a bacterium called Mycobeacterium tuberculosis that is mainly acquired by inhalation of infectious droplets containing viable tubercle bacilli. Infectious droplets can be produced by coughing, sneezing, talking and singing. Coughing is generally considered as the most efficient way of producing infectious droplets.