The City of Candon was chosen as one of the launching sites of STOP TB DOTS THE WAY (Direct Observed Treatment Short-course), together with the City of San Fernando, in the entire Region 1.

The launching of the historic event was held at Candon Civic Center last April 22 which was attended by Barangay Health Workers of from Santa Lucia, Galimuyod, Banayoyo, Lidlidda, San Emilio and Candon.

May Bernardine Belardo, development management officer IV and Irene Madonna Almeida, regional TB nurse coordinator, are in charge of the TB DOTS program.

On the said event, audio visual presentation was shown regarding the proper management and treatment of tuberculosis. The use of an AVR for Barangay Health Workers helped increase the TB Case Detection Rate.

Candon City registered 162 cases of TB victims last year while this midterm figures shows 70 TB cases.

In order to discharge their duties well, the two were sent by the Department of Health (DOH) to study Communications for Communicators for Transformative Leadership at the Ateneo School of Public Governance and John Hopkins School of Public Health.

Belardo and Almeida were among the 100 scholars in the Philippines to undergo for this scholarship under the USAID program.

She said that part of their training was the making of a communication design that focuses on MNCHN, family planning and tuberculosis.

Benito Arca, assistant regional director of DOH-Region I, said that the Barangay Health Workers are the grass roots workers or the first line in detecting TB cases in the community.

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