September 30, 2023

Tuberculosis (TB) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection could be prevented significantly, if not eradicated, through the implementation and observance of proactive health measures.

“In line with one of the marching orders of our President, our goal is clear, the Department of Health remains committed to aiding Filipinos, especially individuals with tuberculosis, in further lowering TB cases in the country,” Health Sec. Teodoro Herbosa said.

The event, held in collaboration with the Lung Center of the Philippines, aims to provide accessible screenings to the community, offering individuals a chance to assess their TB status and take charge of their well-being.

It underscored healthy habits and health-seeking behaviors through early consultations as vital steps in addressing the country’s rising number of TB and HIV cases.

“It is also a testament to the shared dedication of health care professionals, community advocates, and the DOH in ensuring the well-being of every Filipino,” Herbosa said.

Health experts also spoke about the signs, symptoms, and risk factors associated with TB and HIV at the event.

Counseling services for quitting smoking and vaping through the DOH Quitline 1558 were also promoted.

TB remains one of the 10 leading causes of death in the Philippines despite the availability of treatment.

Latest data from the Philippine Statistics Authority show that 15,689 out of 563,465 recorded deaths among Filipinos from January to November 2022 were categorized under respiratory tuberculosis.

To reduce the number of TB cases in the country, the DOH endorsed the directly observed treatment short course, which could last from six to 10 months. – PNA