IN-PHO intensifies anti-TB drive

LAOAG CITY, August 31 (PIA) – The Provincial Health Office (PHO) of Ilocos Norte has rolled an intensified caravan aimed at eliminating tuberculosis (TB) disease in the province.

The anti-TB caravan highlights the observance of the National Lung Month in the Ilocos Norte this August. Dr. Josephine Ruedas, head of the Provincial Health Office of Ilocos Norte, said the provincial anti-TB caravan started in Barangay Talogtog, Solsona town.

The residents from the six villages adjacent to Barangay Talogtog, who suffer persistent cough within two weeks, participated the caravan. “The residents had undergone phlegm testing before they were given free medicines,” Ruedas said.

At present, she disclosed that the province has more than 1,000 TB patients who are undergoing necessary medication in different treatment centers. She said that those TB patients are required to take free medicines from Monday to Saturday in their identified treatment center for a period of 18 months up to two years.

Ruedas said those patients in the province are given fare allowance in going to the treatment center plus a prize upon completion the medication period courtesy of the provincial government.

She said that Governor Imee Marcos is strongly supporting the all-out campaign against TB disease to clear the province from the said communicable disease. (Freddie G. Lazaro/PIA-1, Ilocos Norte)