A person with active but untreated tuberculosis (TB) can infect 10–15 other people per year, and in crowded living spaces like prisons, chances of transmitting TB is higher. In support of the Global Health Initiative, TB case finding and treatment among prison inmates in Zamboanga Peninsula was strengthened by the issuance and implementation of the Guidelines for the Management of TB in Prisons. With USAID assistance, the Department of Health through its Zamboanga Peninsula Center for Health Development trained 20 jail personnel region-wide and is helping them install referral systems between the jails and city and municipal health offices. This initiative will benefit over 250 prison facilities and almost 3,000 inmates. To date, 19 inmates have been diagnosed with TB and are currently undergoing treatment.
Today is: Wed, May 22, 2013