National Tuberculosis Day is celebrated every Aug. 19 by virtue of Proclamation No. 840 signed by President Fidel Ramos on July 30, 1996. Based on the 2007 Philippine National Tuberculosis Prevalence Survey, there were approximately three cases of tuberculosis out of every 1,000 people. In 2009, 25,000 registered deaths were attributed to tuberculosis while in 2011, it was the fourth-leading cause of mortality in the country.–Marielle Medina, Inquirer Research
Prosecutors in California said Thursday that they have obtained an arrest warrant for a tuberculosis patient who is contagious and has refused treatment, putting those around him at risk.
By Christine O. Avendaño
If passed, two bills by Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto would see the Philippine Health Insurance Corp (PhilHealth) expand its coverage to include treatment of tuberculosis and make it mandatory to cover all senior citizens.
By Maila Ager
The Senate on Tuesday began deliberations on two separate measures, expanding the coverage of state-run Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) by including the full treatment of Tuberculosis (TB) and mandating compulsory coverage to all senior citizens.
By Tina G. Santos
The Philippines is among the four countries that account for 93 percent of the tuberculosis cases and deaths in the Western Pacific region, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).