Hello, blogfriends! I just came from a 4-day training stint in Bustos, Bulacan. And I am so happy to share this with you, my dear blogfriends.
As you may know, I am into development work, particularly in the area of health. I, along with our team, assist in the country’s public health management efforts primarily by harnessing private sector resources, building partnerships, and empowering people to help themselves. I am involved in reproductive health (particularlly family planning, maternal and child health, adolescent reproductive health, STI/HIV-AIDS), avian flu prevention (for a time), and tuberculosis. For this recently-concluded training, it is helping an organization build their capacity for increasing awareness on TB in their respective communities and contribute in achieving TB case detection and cure rate targets by becoming educators and treatment partners following the D.O.T.S. strategy (directly observed treatment short course therapy <-D.O.T.S. or “tutok-gamutan”). What is special about this group whose capacity we just built? They are FORMER TB PATIENTS WHO HAVE BEEN CURED OF TB! Who else would be more credible as educators, right? The main reason why TB remains to be viewed as a dreaded disease is lack of education to correct misconceptions about how the disease is acquired which further fuels stigma over the disease. Here are some of the prevailing misconceptions that we need to correct if we want to succeed in our goals to eradicate TB:
TB is hereditary. (Namamana ang TB). You acquire TB when you inhale the TB germ (Tubercle bacilli) expelled by a person with TB when s/he coughs or sneezes. It is not “passed down”. (Ang TB ay hindi mana-mana. Ito ay hawa-hawa.)
TB patients need to be isolated. (Kailangan ihiwalay ang kasamahan sa bahay na may TB). You do not need to isolate people with TB. Preventing spread of TB starts with a simple precaution for TB patients: COVER YOUR NOSE AND MOUTH WHEN COUGHING OR SNEEZING. Couple this with good ventilation, you will not get TB. Did you know that you can still have sex with a person who has TB and you will not get it? True.
TB can be acquired through sharing of spoons, forks, and glasses with TB patients (Ang TB ay nakukuha sa paggamit ng kutsara, tinidor, at baso na ginamit ng isang taong may TB.) No!!! TB is acquired by INHALING the TB germ expelled by a TB patient through coughing and sneezing. This misconception contributes to isolation.
TB has no cure. You will die when you get TB. (Walang lunas ang TB. Kapag nagka-TB ka na, mamatay ka na.) This is not true. Just take a look at the happy faces of the people we trained. In this picture, they have just finished with their practicum where they educated TB patients on basic facts about TB and treatment.
From L-R (clockwise): Ate Myrna (treatment partner of her husband, Ka Polding, never had TB), Ka Polding (yes! husband of Ate Myrna. They were so sweet. Talk about “in sickness and in health”, right?), Rose, Ka Domeng, Ka Roger, Ate Paz, Tita Myrna, Dan (16 years old, survived 24-months of treatment, 18 months of which are for multiple drug resistance), Kuya Charlie, Kuya Ding, Kuya Boy (President of the group), Ate Belen, and Ka Toto (Vice President). (Ang ganda ng tawa nila noh? Kinukulit ko kasi. Sabi ko, imbes na “cheese”, say…Tee-Bee! Hahahahaha!)
These are the volunteer educators of a group called, SAMAHANG LUSOG BAGA, an membership-based organization composed of former TB patients who have successfully completed treatment and/or are cured, whose main objective is to promote awareness on TB to encourage others to seek services.
Saludo ako sa inyo! Isang karangalan na makatulong ako sa inyo! 🙂
Click this for more information on TB: basic-facts-on-tb.ppt
Reminder: If you have symptoms of TB or if you know someone with symptoms of TB especially those experiencing productive cough for more than 2 weeks, go to your nearest TB-DOTS center or health center for sputum examination.
I will be going back to Bulacan (Sta. Maria) tomorrow for a 2-day training on family planning and maternal and child health. From above the belt, below the belt naman. Hahahahaha!
I love my job! (beams) I love you, blogfriends! (blows butterfly kisses to everyone) Share the knowledge!
Very informative post…thanks! You deal pala with issues of reproductive health…maybe I can consult with you sometime…just kidding! lol. 🙂
Samahang Lusog Baga…bongga ng nemsung huh!
aba aba, informative blogging?
ladybug: thanks, mare! naku, the benefits of having a friend like me is free counseling. hahahahaha! naku yang mga “just kidding” na yan, by experience, may laman…hahahahaha! i am a message away, darling…hugs! how’s the baby?
empress: plang! pag baklang gumaling na sa TB, ano kaya pangalan? hmmmm….
duke: oo naman. andami ko kayang readers. and besides, i am intelligent and i have sense noh. hmph. i hatechu na… ching. hahahaha! sayang ang reach. gamitin ang powers wisely. hugs, doc!
magaling, magaling, magaling! Kaya ko rin yang work na yan kaso….
Naaliw lang ako sa linyang “Former TB patients who have been cured of TB.” I mean, siempre ‘di ba? 🙂
Huwag magtaray. Di mo bagay. Miss yah!
ang galeeeeeng! doktor ka na?
oists. email me. why are you doing RH work? where? how? i’m working on a story. email me plis.
These are great! So many misconception about TB. I think in our neighborhood, they’re rather get cancer than TB. Educating people about TB is truly a worthwhile job.
Baka pag di nagtagal, tumakbo ka na ng congress niya, bro. Para kang nagka-kampanya sa iba’t ibang sulok ng Pinas, ah!
Pero okey na rin. Vote Jerome for Cogressman! Mwehehehehe 😀
dylan: actually mare, there are former TB patients who have not been cured. they are classified as defaulters, relapse, or failures by the National TB Program. kaya hindi din sya redundant noh o mali ang syntax. o, wag magtaray. FYI lang din. glad you have your number! hugs!
atticus: ay wish ko lang doktor akey! trained lang. nawa nga eh makapag-MPH ang lolo mo para mas bonggacious di ba? sure, i will email you. let’s talk about sex…hahahahaha!
shoshana: oh please do share the knowledge. the country needs it so much. thanks for dropping by, mare. i went to your site and it’s awesome ha? visit always. hope you don’t mind if i link you up… hugs!
snglguy: hay naku. i have never won any election. i remember in high school and college, people saw my potential to hold office pero i never won. it would be nice though to affect change by holding office. pero kamukha din ng pagpa-pari o madre, pwede pa rin naman mag-serve kahit wala sa seminaryo o kumbento. may sex pang kasama di ba? hahahahaha!
bakla, fondue night tayo this week.
hi bridget! how have you been? i miss reading your blog. sorry for the long absence and silence… very busy talaga. anyway, just dropping by! 🙂 ingat!
Dearest Jerome, you really love your job — and although I have yet to participate in one of your training sessions, I can see how good you are.. Absolutely Fab!
Thanks for the TB info, Bridget. You clarified a lot of myths ha. That was really helpful.
I also enjoyed looking at the pic. It’s wonderful to see those smiles! What more kung in person pa ano? They probably were positively glowing.
You’re doing noble and beautiful work. We need more good souls like you!
redjeulle: bakla, pupunta ako ng pampanga bukas. hanggang saturday ako dun. monday or tuesday?
tin2joy: gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaang!!! omigosh! it’s good to hear from you, darling.
dinna: thanks, mare! TB pa yan ha? you should see me run a family planning session. hahahaha!
toni: actually noh? i love being a good soul…thanks, mare! hugs!
Wow, pa-fondue fondue na lang kayo, ha? 🙂
Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.
may lunas ba ang tb sa pamamagitan ng pagkain?
hi salamat sa information mo as of now my sister had a TB kaya medyo pag sinasabi ko sa mga friends ko may tb sister ko pati sa akin nangdidiri sila sinabihan nila yak sabay alis….
how much to treat po, if treater by private doctors