Provincial Government of Bulacan

Jeepney, tricycle drivers to increase awareness on TB through information dissemination

CITY OF MALOLOS – In a bid to help alleviate the spread of the infectious tuberculosis (TB) disease, the Provincial Government of Bulacan headed by Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado through the Provincial Public Health Office will conduct massive information dissemination on March 24, 2017, 9 am at the Balagtas Hall, Hiyas ng Bulacan Convention Center in this city.

This year’s information drive focuses on jeepney and tricycle drivers because they are also susceptible in acquiring the disease because of the nature of their work.

“Marapat lamang na bigyan natin ng sapat na kaalaman ang mga driver ng jeepney at tricycle upang maiwasan nila ang pagkakaroon ng TB lalo pa’t lagi silang expose sa lansangan. Iba’t ibang tao ang nakakasalamuha nila gayundin ang polusyon na nalalanghap nila araw-araw,” Alvarado said.

Meanwhile, Dr. Jocelyn Gomez, head of the PPHO, said that TB is both treatable and preventable and with a healthy lifestyle, it could vitalize immunity to combat the said disease. Thus, prolong exposure of a person in a place with poor ventilation with people that has TB could infect the person.

Without continuous medication TB can develop into multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), a form of tuberculosis (TB) infection caused by bacteria that are resistant to treatment with at least two of the most powerful first-line anti-TB medications (drugs), isoniazid and rifampin.

“The good news is that the Bulacan Medical Center (BMC) provides free medication and consultation for MDR-TB patients now, hindi katulad dati pupunta pa sa Lung Center,” Gomez added.

Based on the PPHO records in 2016, there were 3,611 bacteriologically confirmed TB cases and 150 previously treated in the province.

The PPHO together with the Bulacan Multi-Sectoral Alliance (BMSA) against TB continue to remind the public to consult a doctor or visit nearby centers from their place if they are experiencing any symptoms like losing weight, sweating at night and persistent cough for 2 weeks.

According to the World Health Organization, TB is caused by bacteria (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) that most often affect the lungs, it is spread from person to person through the air and when people with TB cough, sneeze or spit, they propel the TB germs into the air.