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Mayor Toby Tiangco in Navotas Anti-TB campaign

Navotas vows stronger response against TB

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The Navotas City Government has committed to intensify its fight against tuberculosis (TB).

Mayor Toby Tiangco, together with Vice Mayor Clint Geronimo and other city officials, signed a pledge of commitment to search, treat and care for residents with TB.

Witnesses to the signing ceremony included representatives from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

“TB is curable and the treatment is totally free, therefore no one should die from it,” he said.

Tiangco proposed an ordinance wherein barangay tanods will fetch TB patients who refuse to undergo treatment. If they continue to refuse, then the police will be the one to bring them to a health center to ensure they take their medicines.

“TB is highly contagious, and we must protect the innocent children and elderly who might contract the disease. This is why aside from awareness raising, we should intensify our efforts to make TB patients undergo treatment religiously. Kung ayaw mong gumaling, wag ka nang mandamay o manghawa ng iba” he said.

Based on records from the City Health Office, Navotas had 1,327 TB patients last year who underwent treatment.

Barangay health workers conducted a house-to-house visit to find residents with TB and those who have been in contact or living with TB patients.

“Putting an end to tuberculosis requires everyone’s cooperation. We will exert all efforts to ensure that those sick are cured and the innocent are protected from this highly contagious but curable disease,” Tiangco said.

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