LAGAWE, Ifugao, April 9(PIA) – – Tuberculosis cases in the province have decreased in 2020 compared to 2019 with treatment success rate of 93 percent.
Jodelyn May Cayat-Namingit of the Provincial Health Office (PHO) said that 279 tuberculosis cases were reported in 2020, lower than the 363 cases in 2019 and with a 93% treatment success rate which is higher than the 90% national target.
Ifugao has the fourth highest number of TB cases in Cordillera Administrative Region and the five municipalities with highest number of cases are Lamut with 54, Alfonso Lista – 52, Lagawe – 32, Aguinaldo – 26 and Banaue with 25 cases, Namingit said.
The PHO, she said, is partnering with other health care service providers in strengthening its TB case detection and treatment activities to meet the target cases for 2021.
“Our office together with the municipal health offices, barangay health stations and other partners continue to provide the needed services to people with TB,” she informed.
Namingit clarified that TB is not transmitted through sharing of eating utensils and is not hereditary but can be acquired through the air from one person to another when an infected person coughs, sneezes, speaks or spits in public areas.
She explained that TB is curable as she advised that anyone having signs and symptoms like cough that lasts for more than three weeks, loss of appetite, unintentional weight loss, chills and nigh sweats to consult proper health care providers for proper management to avoid complications, and refrain from self medication.
TB remains the biggest infectious disease killer in low and lower-middle-income countries. Every single day, almost 4,000 people die and 27,000 people get sick with TB worldwide.
March 24 is declared as World TB Day to raise public awareness about this disease and its consequences in the health, social and economic aspects. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the theme for this year’s World TB Day is “The Clock is Ticking: Find TB, Get Back on Track.”
With this, the Department of Health and its partners are doubling their efforts to deliver TB treatment and services while calling on local leaders and the public to support the activities.
“We have now less than two years left to fulfill our promises and take action on the commitments made at the United Nations High Level Meeting on TB in 2018, and clock is ticking,” Namingit said. (JDP/MBL-PIA CAR, Ifugao)