|In a society where it is plagued by health concerns Tuberculosis has remained a problem for many generation. The government particularly the Department of Health has done many measures in order to eliminate this disease yet this has still remained a challenge.
In order to instill awareness to the people particularly the indigent community a TB Caravan was be implemented on August 25, 2016 in Iriga City which was designed to cater for them. The venue for the activity was in Brgy. Perpetual Help particularly in Sitio Mamuco which was attended by 234 participants and were facilitated by the HRH together with the CHO Staff. The festive atmosphere of the place is in consistence with the feelings of the residents. Dr. Ronald G. Pereña, OIC-City Health Officer explained the rationale of the program in order for everyone to understand the significance of the event. Likewise, Mayor Madelaine Y. Alfelor, City Mayor gave her inspirational message to everyone.
The activity was also graced by Dr. Napoleon L. Arevalo and Ms. Evelyn L. Jacob, Regional Directors of DOH and NCIP respectively who gave their inspirational messages to the audience that are very meaningful and relevant to the activity. Several personnel coming from the Regional Office of the DOH such as Dr. Jannish Arellano and from the PDOH-Camarines Sur are Ms. Rosario Gomez and Ms. Imelda Dacanay were also present.
The community prepared a tribal dance which portrayed a war dance that truly amazed everyone. A series of lectures was given by keynote speakers that tackles on TB, First 1000 days and Oral Health which the participants diligently listened so as to learn new insight relevant to health. The Dental Bus of the DOH were also brought to the venue so as to provide basic oral health services. Hygiene Kits and Lunch were also provided to the participants.
In the afternoon, a post activity meeting was done at Desny Grill headed by Dr. Jannish Arellano in order to plan out future endeavours. It was truly an auspicious and remarkable activity which was geared towards a common goal of raising awareness to the people. ©Jayson V. Belleza, RM, RN, MAN