In a newspaper report and interview from Quezon Representative Angelina Tan, she gives a warning about the increasing trend of the tuberculosis cases in many areas of the Philippines that the government should make a drastic move to help this alarming health risk in our country.
According to Rep. Tan, it is estimated that at least 73 Filipinos died of tuberculosis everyday in the Philippines and about 600,000 Filipinos was considered as a “carrier” or already had the disease. Currently, tuberculosis rank number 6 of the commonly cause of death amongst Filipinos.
Because of these alarming facts, Rep. Tan had filled theHouse Bill 259 which mandated the Department of Health (DOH) to create a national plan in order to eradicate the tuberculosis disease in the Philippines.
According to Rep. Tan’s statement: “A national plan should focus on the prevention, detection, treatment and control of the disease,” followed by “TB disease is highly contagious as each person with active TB can spread the disease to 10 other Filipinos each year. There is an estimated 200,000 to 600,000 Filipinos who have active TB aside from the fact that an estimated 80 percent of them have latent TB,”
Accompanying the new mandate to the DOH is the enclosure of the task to find new ways and technologies, and to coordinate with the international organizations in finding ways to treat, control and eradicate the tuberculosis disease.
In addition to Tan’s statement, she said that the DOH should perform a nationwide monitoring, give the appropriate medicine, and conduct a free laboratoryexamination to suspected tuberculosis carriers.
The virus that causes tuberculosis can be transmitted to other people by an infected person through the smallest drop or spek of liquid during sneezing or coughing. According to Rep. Tan that despite the efforts of the government to improve the life of the Filipino people as their effort for the early detection as well as the treatment of the tuberculosis, the disease is still prevailing in all classes of people particularly the poorest of the poor. She further says that the widespread poverty of the country is one of the major factor which leads to a high occurrence and incidence of tuberculosis patients and carriers.
“It is hoped that through this measure, the country will not only be able to achieve but surpass its objective under the Global Plan on TB which seeks to reduce the prevalence and mortality of TB in the country,” as a finishing sentences to her speech.
Included also in the bill is the mandate to the Department of Health and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to help in promoting the transfer of information to the Filipino people about the tuberculosis disease.