Capitol intensifies war vs TB
Lingayen- - -The Provincial Board led by Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Z. Calimlim, Jr. has approved Provincial Ordinance No. 6-2014 which creates the Pangasinan Koalisyon Alis TB (PangKAT) and the provincial multi-sectoral alliance (PMSA) tasked to unify efforts towards improving tuberculosis case detection in Pangasinan.
The vice governor said the two groups aims to support the national government’s effort to institute an effective program for TB control through the Department of Health and other line agencies.
The PMSA, according to Calimlim, will serve as the coordinating body for public-private sector partnerships and shall advise the provincial government in the implementation of the policies and strategies of the National TB Control Program involving various government line agencies, civil society groups and the private sector.
The Pangasinan PMSA is made up by Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. (Chairperson), President of the League of Municipalities-Pangasinan Chapter (Vice Chair for the Public Sector), and the Provincial Health Officer (Secretary General).
Members include the following: SP Committee on Health, Pangasinan Councilors League, Association of Barangay Captains, youth organization, professional organization, local association of allied professionals, national/provincial agencies, academe, civil society groups, business sector and their workers..
The PangKAT shall function as coordinating body of the different sectors.
It is recalled that Gov. Espino waged an all-out war against TB at the start of his administration in July 2007.
To date the disease, according to the PHO, is among the least concerns among diseases in the province as an effect of the administration’s innovative approach towards TB eradication over the years.