Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao OIC Regional Governor Mujiv S. Hataman will soon ink the adoption of Executive Order 187, Series of 2003 instituting the Comprehensive and Unified Policy (CUPS) for Tuberculosis Control in the region.
Tuberculosis remains a major public health problem where the Philippines ranked ninth among the 22 high burden countries, and being the number 6 among the 10 leading causes of mortality in the country with 26,588 deaths at a mortality rate of 31.2 per 100,000 population in 2010. Apparently, TB ranks 5th among the ten leading causes of deaths in ARMM, with 141 deaths and a mortality rate of 40 per 100,000 population on same year.
In the recently held Partners Meeting and Strategic Planning of the Regional Coordinating Council for the Philippine Plan of Action to Control TB (PhilPACT), spearheaded by the Department of Health (DOH), a situationer of the current TB cases and control programs was assessed in line with the foregoing concern.
Conversely, the espousal of CUPS as the LGU implementation guidelines for the comprehensive and unified policy for the tuberculosis control in the ARMM will be adopted to disseminate the concept and principles of Executive Order no. 187, its prescribe guidelines, procedures and standards for implementation, and to facilitate compliance among LGUs in achieving the objectives of the issuance.
Even DOH-ARMM Secretary Dr. Kadil “Jojo” Sinolinding urged the health advocates and program stakeholders to perk up zeal and be responsible with basic responsibilities especially among the grassroots.
“We had the obligation and the capacity to respond on the calling, we are empowered to serve, to inform and to educate,” Secretary Si-nolinding stressed.
The Health Reform Framework through the ARMM-HELPS program of the Hataman Administration prioritizes responsive health system by improving health service delivery and access, tantamount with the Millennium Development Goals and President Aquino’s Universal Health Care Agenda.