The municipal government here led by Mayor Maria Angele S. Garcia shared recently its best practices in its fight against Tuberculosis (TB).
These include enhanced community case finding especially in hard to reach areas amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, continuing advocacy campaign, and sector specific TB screening with prioritization given to drug surrenderees, persons deprived of liberty and public transport groups.
“Every health challenge must not be responded with a single approach since it is not only an attack to the medical side but also a social problem that needs participation of the whole community from families to private and public officials,” Mayor Garcia said during the Isang Libong Aklat, Isang Libong Bata, Isang Libong Buhay virtual event co-organized by United States Agency for International Development TB Platforms Project and Department of Health in partnership with Philippine Information Agency.
“Lahat po tayo ay bahagi sa problema, lahat din po tayo ay bahagi sa solusyon, (We are all part of the problem therefore, we are all part of the solusyon,” she stressed.
Since 2015, Dinalupihan is home to one of only two Multi-Drug Resistant (MDR) TB satellite treatment centers in Bataan.
“Through this, persons who have MDR TB can undergo medication without the fear of leaving their families behind for treatment,” Garcia said.
Serving as the highlight of the virtual event was the turn-over of the Tibay ng Dibdib storybook to daycare centers in Dinalupihan, Bataan. It documents the story of two sisters from Bulacan who survived TB at their very young ages – two and seven years old.
USAID’s TB Platforms in partnership with Rogaciano Mercado Memorial Hospital prepared the storybook which details the challenges of the family in coping up with the treatment.
It explains how the family found out that their first daughter’s more than two weeks of cough and fever was because of TB. After several consultations and laboratory tests, they later found out that their elder daughter has TB as well.