Kalinga tops list of TB cases in region

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Monday, March 18, 2013

THE Department of Health (DOH) in Cordillera region revealed that Kalinga province ranks first in the list of tuberculosis (TB) cases in the region.

Helen Tiwaken, DOH TB Control and Prevention Program coordinator, said that in 2012, Kalinga recorded 680 cases followed by Abra with 394 and Ifugao with 393. Baguio City recorded 382 cases while Mt. Province had 168, Apayao with 188, and Benguet had 291.

Tiwaken said the region’s statistic on TB cases had steadied; no significant increase or decrease noted, adding that Cordillera has the lowest number of cases compared to other regions in the country.


She said TB is a curable disease with free medicines to be provided once the patient avails of the health services from health centers.

The symptoms of TB are loss of weight, loss of energy, poor appetite, fever, a productive cough, and night sweats. All cases of TB are passed from person to person via droplets.

When someone with TB infection coughs, sneezes, or talks, tiny droplets of saliva or mucus are expelled into the air, which can be inhaled by another person.

Tiwaken urged the public to take good care of their health. She advised that if a person had been suffering two–week cough, then he must see a doctor immediately because this is the common early sign of TB.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 19, 2013.

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