Since the start of the COVID-19 community quarantine, USAID’s TB Platforms has been providing technical assistance to the city government thru its City Health Office for a strengthened TB response amid the pandemic.
In line with this, USAID’s TB Platforms NCR team participated in the conduct of free swab testing and chest X-ray for the enlisted transport groups in Baseco Compound, Tondo Manila as well as for the market vendors in Pritil Market.
According to USAID’s TB Platforms, the PBSP ACCESSTB supported the activity and provided two (2) mobile CxR vans. In Baseco Compound, around 300 individuals participated in the COVID-19 and TB ACF activity. A total of 235 tricycle and jeepney drivers benefitted from the free X-ray during the ACF activity.
Likewise, the City Health Office recorded a total of 119 swab test recipients. and received free x-ray for tricycle and jeepney drivers. For Pritil Market, a total of 285 individuals were screened. Patients with more than two (2) weeks of TB sympt
oms and those who were x-ray positive were collected with sputum and were sent for GeneXpert testing.
“Aside from our launched targeted mass swab testing, [the] Manila Health Department also has free chest x-rays for other stakeholders in other areas. This is what we have done with the help of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Thank you very much! May we at least be able to give some serenity to you, your families and our customers here in Manila City,” shared Manila Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso.
Likewise, Mayor Isko uses his social media platforms in announcing the free swab testing and chest x-ray for his constituents.
The USAID’s TB Platforms provides technical assistance to local government units in strengthening their TB response during the COVID-19 community quarantine.
The USAID’s TB Platforms, on the other hand, partnered with the Philippine Information Agency, Radyo Pilipinas and other private media networks to raise public awareness on TB and promote positive health seeking behavior for TB during the COVID-19 pandemic. (PIA-NCR)
By Jimmyley E. Guzman