tuberculosis1Tuberculosis is a disease caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis that is mainly acquired by inhalation of infectious droplets containing viable tubercle bacilli. Infectious droplets can be produced by sneezing, talking, singing and most especially, coughing (one which considerably is the most efficient way of producing infectious droplets).

In an effort of the Davao Regional Medical Center (DRMC) to upgrade the hospital management protocols on tuberculosis, a National Tuberculosis Program - Manual of Procedures (NTP-MOP) Training was conducted on June 19th-20th of 2016 at the DRMC – Amphitheatre. This training was participated by selected doctors and nurses from the Out-Patient Department (OPD), Emergency Department Pediatrics Department, Internal Medicine Department, Family and Community Medicine Department (FAMED), Surgery, Central Surgical Intensive Care Unit (CenSICU), Ambulatory Care Center (ACC), to name a few.

Also, on May 13, 2016, DRMC celebrated the National Tuberculosis Awareness. Hospital staff and community participants crowded the 2nd Level DRMC – OPD Activity Area where lecture-forum was conducted and witnessed a testimonial from a cured patient thereafter. IEC materials on mapped TB areas were also distributed in relation to the activity. (By: DRMC Public Health Department)