Philippines among 22 countries with high TB cases
Friday, March 23, 2012
THE World Health Organization (WHO) named Friday the Philippines as one of the 22 countries that carry much of the burden of tuberculosis (TB) cases in the planet.
In a statement, the WHO–Western Pacific Region said four of the 22 countries in the region belong in the list, including the Philippines.
"Twenty-two countries carry 80 percent of the burden of TB, and four of those are in the Western Pacific Region -- Cambodia, China, the Philippines, and Vietnam," said WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific Dr. Shin Young-soo.
Other countries accounting for most of the 8.4 million of the total TB cases as of 2011 are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Congo, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, South Africa, Thailand, Uganda, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe.
Shin called on countries to intensify their efforts to combat the disease.
"Countries need to strengthen their health systems to prevent the development and spread of tuberculosis," said the official.
He noted that among the foremost challenge for health workers are to detect the cases in order "to cut the chain of transmission".
"The more TB cases that are properly diagnosed and treated, the more we can protect our children," said Shin.
The Department of Health (DOH) immediately answered the call with National Capital Region (NCR) Director Dr. Eduardo Janairo ordering community health teams (CHTs) to seek and monitor the treatment of TB patients in Metro Manila.
"This effort is needed to reach and identify those at highest risk for TB and implement innovative strategies to improve testing and treatment among high-risk populations in Metro Manila. It will be one the CHTs mission and we will be treating patients through community-based models of care in order to monitor the patient’s progress," said the DOH official.
As of 2011, DOH-NCR records show that there are 36,615 total TB cases currently being managed by the DOTS or Directly Observed Treatment Short Course of the government.
Saturday marks the observance of the World TB Day. (AMN/Sunnex)
DOH response: to seek and monitor the treatment of TB patients in Metro Manila.
da faq? bakit sa metro manila lang?