The provincial government is preparing for an all out war against tuberculosis (TB) as Governor Lilia Pineda ordered the hiring of an additional 200 nurses.
Pineda said the nurses will be tasked to locate tuberculosis patients in all the barangays of the province.
“They will work hand in hand with the barangay health workers (BHW) to finally address the increasing number of tuberculosis patients,” the governor said.
She also wanted to train nurses and BHWs on sputum collection so that they could immediately identify the residents who are believed to be suffering with tuberculosis with the help of a medical technologist stationed in the provincial capitol.
Earlier, Board Member Monina Laus, health committee chair, identified the towns and city with high tuberculosis incidence.
As per records, this includes the towns of Mabalacat, Magalang, Arayat and the City of San Fernando.
Meanwhile, a group of certified nurses in Candaba town welcomed the initiative of the provincial government.