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CHO Facilitates TB Systematic Screening at BJMP Valencia City

In support to the attainment of the health-related Sustainable Development Goals Targets especially in the National Tuberculosis Control Program, the Infectious Diseases Cluster of the Department of Health Regional Office X in partnership with the Philippine Business for Social Progress, a corporate-led social development group, Provincial Health Office, Valencia City Health Office and Valencia City Jail conducted a TB Systematic Screening among Inmates and Jail Guards of BJMP Valencia City on September 5-6, 2017.

The activity was conducted based on one of the key principles set out in the TB Screening guidelines that screening for TB needs to be properly targeted to high-risk groups like BJMP considering the epidemiological, social and health-systems settings.

City Health Officer Dr. Marlyn V. Agbayani, M.D. said that early detection of TB is crucial to further improve health outcomes for individuals with tuberculosis, and to reduce TB transmission more effectively.

The 2-day activity started with a short program. The rationale of the activity was explained by Ms. Eileen Shiela Dialimas, RN, Nurse II /TB Coordinator of Provincial Health Office, followed by the interview of the inmates and conduct of chest x-ray.

Some 29 inmates with health complaints were also checked by Dr. Agbayani and medicines were also given.

All 616 Persons Deprived of Liberty together with the BJMP personnel were given free chest x-ray and assessment.

Ms. Jonalyn R. Dablio, RN, Public Health Nurse II and TB Nurse Coordinator of Valencia City Health Office said that the results will be available after two weeks. “When the results are available, the patients found to be positive with tuberculosis will be subjected to GeneExpert test at Bukidnon Provincial Medical Center and will be evaluated by our TB Medical Coordinator, Dr. Juniver G. Flores,” Dablio added.

Dablio also added that Valencia City Health Office has a TB DOTS Center, a facility responsible for proper treatment of new infections and drug-resistant cases among the residents of the 31 barangays of the city including the neighboring areas. She also said that the facility offers TB Directly-Observed Treatment, Short course (TB-DOTS) and the Programmatic Management of Drug-resistant TB (PMDT).

“The TB DOTS Center caters to all patients who are detected with TB, especially the drug-resistant cases. We provide them with proper medication and enlist them into the TB-DOTS or focused medication program,” Dablio said.

Along with the program, the City Health Office also conducted a series of HIV tests for the inmates last July 24 and 31, 2017.

DOH partners with Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) a principal recipient of a TB grant of Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

EJ Montebon - AO V, CHO