By: Saul Pa-a
BATANGAS CITY — Hundreds of island residents in Batangas’ 5th class geographically-isolated town of Tingloy have expressed elation as the Department of Health (DOH) regional office in Calabarzon and devolved health units launched their first Tuberculosis-Free Island Initiative and the medical mission and health caravan.
Dubbed as “TANGLAW” which stands for “TB Agapan, Ngayon Lunasan at Wakasan,” the first TB-free island initiative aims to eliminate tuberculosis in island municipalities of the region comprising Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon through provisions of adequate and responsive delivery of healthcare services.
DOH Regional Director Dr. Eduardo Janairo disclosed over the weekend that their pioneering health initiative focuses on decreasing the burden and in achieving a zero-catastrophic cost of TB-related diseases.
Janairo disclosed that the regional health office has chosen to launch “TANGLAW” in Tingloy island, including Maricaban Island, Caban Island and other minor islets south of the Calumpang Peninsula, due to Tingloy town’s ranking among Calabarzon areas where cases of tuberculosis are high and at an increasing rate.
The DOH Calabarzon “TANGLAW” initiative aims to seek, treat, prevent and finally put an end to tuberculosis, and achieve TB-free status not only in the island municipalities but in the entire region as part of the commitment to the 2017-2022 Philippine Strategic TB Elimination Plan.
Scores of the island population of around 20,000 have also availed of the three-day free surgical and medical mission under the auspices of the DOH-Calabarzon, Batangas provincial government, and Tingloy Municipal Health Office (MHO) from May 1-3, 2019 at the town’s covered court.
“We have chosen to start the project at Tingloy because it is one of the areas in Calabarzon where cases of tuberculosis are high and continuous to increase. We have to include the municipality of Mabini, Batangas because it is the entry point of the people (traveling to Tingloy island) and this is one of the factors which may be the source of the TB transmission,” Janairo explained.