Community, Healthcare Professionals Unite for Free Chest X-ray in Barangay Crossing Rubber Health Center, Tupi, South Cotabato

On February 26, 2024, an important event took place at Barangay Crossing Rubber Health Center, Tupi, South Cotabato. The Provincial Health Office-Communicable Disease Cluster organized a Free Chest X-ray initiative to promote the early detection of tuberculosis (TB) cases in the community. The event was led by Ma. Ronelyn M. Guay, RN DOH-HRN Nurse II, and Jewel Gee D. Enarcisco, RM- Rural Health Midwife. They were supported by Barangay Captain Eugenio M. Mangilaya and his council, as well as the Integrated Provincial Health Office-Communicable Disease Cluster headed by Sir John Codilla and RHU Tupi-TBDOTS headed by Ms. Aprilyn Prudente Bantawig, RN.

One of TBPeople’s Officers Joegen Mangilaya was invited to speak at the event and share his personal story and advocacy. He had the opportunity to talk about his journey as a survivor and raise awareness about the importance of early diagnosis and treatment for TB. It was a great platform to highlight the challenges faced by TB patients in the Philippines and the need for continued support and interventions.

The main objective of this activity was to intensify TB case finding in the community and ensure that individuals with TB receive the proper treatment and interventions. By providing free chest X-rays, the Provincial Health Office aimed to identify potential TB cases and initiate timely interventions to prevent the spread of the disease.

This event was a significant step in the fight against TB in the Philippines. It brought together healthcare professionals, community leaders, and TB survivors like myself to raise awareness and promote a collaborative approach to ending TB. The support and involvement of the local government and health organizations were crucial in making this initiative a success. Let us all join hands and work together to #EndTBNow! Together, we can make a difference in the lives of TB patients and create a healthier community.

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