Tuberculosis (TB) still holds spot among the top 10 ‘deadly diseases’ in Palawan, said Pamela Garcia, National TB Program Coordinator of the Provincial Health Office (PHO), in today’s ‘Kapehan sa PIA’ session conducted in connection with the National Lungs Month.
“Nagbabago-bago siya ng rank. 5, 6, 7, 8 ganyan pero hindi talaga nawawala,” Garcia said.
She further explained that TB is an airborne disease, hence making it difficult to eradicate. Nonetheless, TB cases in Palawan are decreasing because of the collaborative effort between government agencies and NGOs. For example, in 2015 there were 2,127 recorded TB cases in the province; all of these have undergone complete and successful treatment.
The threat is always there, Garcia said. “Hindi namimili ng tao. Akala kasi natin ang posible lang may TB kapag payat, inuubo, ngayon kahit mukhang malusog, pwedeng may TB,” she pointed out.
Garcia encouraged everyone to get tested even when they don’t suspect signs. She also emphasized that TB medication is for free at any government hospitals and centers.
PHO remains optimistic that Palawan will be TB-free in 2050 as the province conforms with the target of the World Health Organization.