QC TB detection efforts get boost

In celebration of National Lung Month, the US government, through the United States Agency for International Development, is supporting the Quezon City local government to strengthen tuberculosis detection efforts by integrating free TB screening at select Covid-19 booster vaccination sites in the city.

USAID Philippines Acting Mission Director Rebekah Eubanks joined House Speaker Martin Romualdez, Department of Health Officer-in-Charge Dr. Maria Rosario Vergeire, and Quezon City Vice Mayor Gian Sotto in launching integrated TB screening and booster vaccination activities at the Batasang Pambansa Complex in Quezon City on 22 August.

“The US government continues to demonstrate its commitment to help the Philippines achieve its development goals, and more importantly, survive this pandemic that has hampered economic activities and continues to affect the health of Filipino families,” said Acting Mission Director Eubanks. “Together, we are forging stronger public-private partnerships to bolster health response efforts for both TB and Covid-19.”

House Speaker Martin Romualdez thanked USAID for its partnership and reiterated Congress’s support of TB and Covid-19 prevention efforts.

“Our role in Congress will be to engage our peers to allocate funds for sustainable TB detection, care, treatment and prevention,” said Speaker Romualdez. “We will include the integration of TB and Covid-19 efforts in our agenda.”

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