Acting Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will soon sign the adoption of Executive Order 187, Series of 2003 instituting the Comprehensive and Unified Policy (CUPS) for Tuberculosis Control in the region.
Tuberculosis (TB) remains a major public health problem with the Philippines ranked ninth among the 22 high burden countries, and number six among the 10 leading causes of mortality in the country.
TB is also fifth among the ten leading causes of deaths in ARMM, with 141 deaths and a mortality rate of 40 per 100,000 population in 2010, said ARMM health secretary Dr. Kadil Sinolinding Jr.
In the recently held Partners Meeting and Strategic Planning of the Regional Coordinating Council for the Philippine Plan of Action to Control TB (PhilPACT), spearheaded by the Department of Health (DOH), a situationer on the current TB cases and control programs was assessed.
Dr. Dolores Castillo, TB-Linking Initiatives on Networking to Control Tuberculosis (TB-LINC) said that case detection in ARMM is still low and that the advocacy is yet to reach far-flung communities in the region.
She stressed in her speech the need to intensify information dissemination and for more materials on the highly contagious disease.