by Irma a. Guhit
SORSOGON CITY, July 4 (PIA) — “Our presence speaks of our personal, professional and organizational representation and statement for advocacy to be strong partners and ally in tuberculosis eradication drive,” thus stated a regional official of the Department of Health (DOH) in Bicol.
Dr. Chito Avelino, DOH V assistant regional director, said the agency is very optimistic the program will gain grounds and expect positive result with province-wide Public-Private Mix Initiative (PPMI) launching and signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in the drive aginst tuberculosis.
Dr. Myrna Listanco, DOH V program coordinator for TB prevention and control, said that this activity has been significantly supported by the provincial government of Sorsogon with the full cooperation of almost all government line agencies, non-governmental organizations, and private sector.
“This is one of the global targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Sorsogon has been piloted in the implementation of the program specially the assistance provided to the city government here,” she said.
According to Listanco, PPMI has been successful in pursuing strong partnership to support the Aquino Health Agenda, especially in the universal implementation of the PhilHealth registration which focuses on providing proper public health priority as the main health agenda.
PPMI likewise according to Avelino is the best strategy to enjoin everyone to be a carer of one’s health and in the same manner be aware of one’s role to help others too.
PPMI focuses on engaging all stakeholders in basic communities to strategise, come up with both national and local means on the best possible means of early detection, reporting, validating and recommending patients for treatment found out to have TB.
“Tuberculosis if early detected can be cured easily. Government provides free medical treatment including medicines,” Avelino explained.
“The intensified activity launched through the MOU signing will also open avenues for critical roles of agencies to support through their mandates,” Avelino stated.
“Tuberculosis today is no longer a dreaded disease,” Edgar Garcia, provincial health officer of the Sorsogon Provincial Hospital (PHO) explained in his message.
The PHO according to him through the intensified campaign of all health workers in the province down to the farthest barangays has made this program alive, well-organized and supported.
“With the PPMI, we are emerging as one global community .We engage everyone to join hands in supporting this program .Let us help in the information dissemination, provide right education, conduct fora and say that everyone is responsible to become a cure”, Garcia said.
Sorsogon is the third province which also organized the Public-Private Mix Coordinating Council (PPMCC) , that plans the systematized way of implementing the TB eradication program.
“As key players, let us state a clear policy in the critical factors of identifying our significant roles as we signify each one’s commitment and affixing one’s signature in the MOU and individually saying , “You are the cure”. Garcia expressed. (MAL/IAG, PIA Sorsogon)