Local chief executives vows support to combat ‘TB’

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Local chief executives present during the ‘Dialogue on TB Control Program’ include Mayors Jon Marco Dayanghirang of Manay, Nestor L. Uy of Tarragona, ALicia Mori of Caraga and Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon. Joining them are Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Resuldo Malintad; DILG Provincial Director, Yvette Sunga; and PhilHealth Provincial Field Officer, Jonas Matthew P. Pang.

Davao Oriental— Responding to the significant cases of Tuberculosis that plagues many areas in the country, local chief executives here in the province have expressed support to the national government’s effort in addressing the perennial ‘TB burden’ in their respective municipalities.

This commitment was signified during the conduct of the Davao Oriental Local Chief Executives (LCEs) Dialogue on TB Control Program last August 4, wherein the chief executives also voiced their assurance to craft supportive policies and provide appropriate funds in their respective local government units against TB.

Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon, during the discussion, underscored collaboration between all stakeholders as key to the efficient implementation of health programs that can help curb the endemic infection.

Aside from forging agreement on specific policy measures corresponding to budget allocations, she also pointed out placing adequate personnel to implement efficiently the set programs on TB control.

“We also need to promote adoption of innovative TB service delivery models to improve access and facilitate the mobilization of additional financial and logistical support for TB control programs,” Gov. Malanyaon added.

Moreover, the governor urged TB control programs coordinator like Philhealth to expedite the utilization of Philhealth reimbursements and expand coverage of indigents. She also mentioned increasing access to the Department of Health’s National TB Program performance grants as well as developing an effective monitoring and evaluation system.

With the innovative program dubbed as “Ligtas na Pamilyang Pilipino laban sa TB” initiated by the League of Provinces of the Philippines and the League of Municipalities of the Philippines, local chief executives said they are positive that the alarming TB cases can be controlled.

This said program is assisted by the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSB) – the Innovations and Multi-sectoral Partnerships to Achieve Control of Tuberculosis (IMPACT) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAid). By Van Joraine Rufin

 

 

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