Sunday, January 24, 2021

CHO and TB-DOTS Launched “After 5 Hub” in Iligan City

(Tuesday, 1st day of December 2020)

 

Iligan City – the City Health Office (CHO) and TB-DOTS launched the “After 5 Hub” on December 1. This is part of the efforts of the government to end tuberculosis (TB).

Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but they can also damage other parts of the body. (https://medlineplus.gov/tuberculosis.html). TB spreads through the air when a person with TB of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes, or talks. Although tuberculosis is contagious, it’s not easy to catch. You’re much more likely to get tuberculosis from someone you live with or work with than from a stranger. (https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tuberculosis/symptoms-causes/syc-20351250). Most people with active TB who’ve had appropriate drug treatment for at least two weeks are no longer contagious. A person is more likely to get TB if he/she has a weak immune system. Since the 1980s, the number of cases of tuberculosis has increased dramatically because of the spread of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Infection with HIV suppresses the immune system, making it difficult for the body to control TB bacteria. As a result, people with HIV are many times more likely to get TB and to progress from latent to active disease than are people who aren’t HIV positive. (https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tuberculosis/symptoms-causes/syc-20351250) Without treatment, tuberculosis can be fatal. The untreated active disease typically affects your lungs, but it can spread to other parts of your body through your bloodstream.

Now, as part of the efforts to end TB, the CHO is intensifying its TB services to encourage more patients to undergo the DOTS treatment. “This is another milestone for us in our fight against TB and HIV. As we all know, TB and HIV remain to be a public health burden, globally,” Dr. Wellaflor K. Brito, Medical Officer III DOH-CHD-NM stated during her speech. “The launching of this hub is very timely and for proving our commitment in ending and eliminating TB”. She added.

“Kasagara sa mga tawo unahon ang trabaho, paghuman sa ilang trabaho sirado na sad ang mga opisina kung asa sila mag pa-test o magpa-tambal. ‘Ah, ugma na lang ko magpa-test, ugma na lang ko mo-tumar ug tambal.’ Unya ang kagaw sa lawas ga sige rag padaghan hangtod sa ang kundisyon sa lawas sa tawo ubos na kaayo para sugpoon ang kagaw nga naa sa lawas. (Most people prioritize their work, by the time their shifts end the clinics where they can be checked and treated are also already closed. ‘Ah, I’ll just have to be checked tomorrow, I’ll just take the medicines tomorrow.’ However, the bacteria within the system are already multiplying every day until the condition of the body is already low that it can no longer be treated.)”, Mr. Neil Sabijon, AIDS Society of the Philippines, HIV Asst. Regional Director, shared during the launch of the hub. He says this is a very favorable move by the LGU to address the most common excuse by the public why they can’t be checked and treated.

“Actually, naa na ni siya sa other cities like Cagayan de Oro. Pero isa ni siya sa akong mga nakit-an nga gwapo kaayo, worth imitating. Dili ko original but I saw the potential of having our own ‘After 5 Hub’ diri sa Iligan City. (Actually, this is already existing in other cities like Cagayan de Oro. But this is one that I saw that is very good, worth imitating. This is not originally from me but I saw the potential of having our own ‘After 5 Hub’,” Hon. Lamberto Macapagal Jr., SP Committee Chairman on Health, cited in his speech. “Pag mention nako kang Dra. Padayhag, and dugay na man diay ni niya nga pangandoy dri sa Iligan City. (When I mentioned this to Dra. Padayhag, she actually already dreamt for this to happen in Iligan City for a long time). So finally, here we are now, inaugurating our own hub,” he added.

The event was graced by the presence of Vice Mayor Jemar “Monsi” Vera Cruz, Dra. Cherlina C. Canaveral (City Health Officer II), Dr. Ardel Castañeda-Padayhag (CHO-Iligan NTP Medical Coordinator), Ms. Sandra Ramayan (MDRTB Nurse), and Mr. Jhun Ronald Gibolingo (PMDT Technical Staff, DOH ROX).

“After 5 Hub” intend the TB DOTS to be open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, a 12-hour service to cater to patients and potential patients who do not have enough time because of work. The services they offer are for presumptive TB, HIV, other sexually transmitted infections, and leprosy.

Kristoff S. /CIO-Web

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