Tuberculosis In The Philippines

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INTRODUCTION Tuberculosis is an infectious disease that primarily affects the lung parenchyma. A primary agent called Mycobacterium tuberculosis that can be transmitted from person to person through airborne such as coughing. Tuberculosis is a worldwide public health problem that causes the mortality and morbidity continues to rise. Poverty, malnutrition, overcrowding, substandard housing and inadequate healthcare were identified as modifiable factors that greatly affect the development of Tuberculosis. In the Philippines, Tuberculosis is known as the 6th leading cause of morbidity and mortality among Filipinos, way back 2004 (up to present). Approximately, 1.5 million children are exposed or infected each year and 40,000 of it develop the…show more content…
Having tuberculosis is quiet alarming because you are not the ones agonizing the disease but this could probably affects those person you used to be with (such as your families, friends,). Solutions to the existing problem have already been identified. As we (healthcare provider) utilize an educational approach in health prevention and health promotion to every contact with our patient. This is in order for our nation to eliminate the incidence of Tuberculosis especially to children. To achieve a complete accuracy of treatment, healthcare providers are tasked to monitor and evaluate patients’ treatment course of anti-TB drugs (which is essentially the responsibility and objective of the country’s TB DOTS program). TB-DOTS (Tuberculosis-Directly Observed Treatment Short course) is one of the most recent services implemented by the Department of Health (DOH) primarily for Filipinos who acquired the disease. One of its duties is the involvement of the private institutions and private practitioners. As highlighted by DOH, both serve as a referral agency for diagnosed TB patients. Private institutions must establish a TB-DOTS program that is guided under DOH. The Local Government Unit (LGU) is responsible for the free treatment course for…show more content…
Specifically, this aimed to describe the sample based on the following criteria: 1.age, 2. Gender, 3. Facility that made the diagnosis (private clinics, OPD, TB-DOTS Center), 4. Facility that monitored the treatment (OPD, TB-DOTS), and 5. Pulmonary TB category. Likewise, it sought to determine the proportion of patients in the private versus the DOTS groups based on different clinical signs and symptoms and compare their responses to anti-TB treatment as well as the treatment

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