Nurses in the frontline service vs TB amid COVID-19

Photos courtesy of USAID's TB Platforms, 

PASIG CITY, May 23 (PIA) -- Nurses continue to serve as frontline workers in the Philippines’ TB elimination efforts - from screening, diagnosis and treatment. 

TB nurse coordinators play an important role in the patient’s treatment adherence especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Likewise, TB nurses conduct home visits to deliver advance supply of TB medicines for those who those who cannot visit the health facility due to the community quarantine.

USAID’s TB Platforms provides technical assistance to the Department of Health in intensifying efforts to find and treat Filipinos with tuberculosis.

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, USAID’s TB Platforms has been working with local government units and health facilities in the implementation of local TB programs to ensure sustainable TB diagnosis, care and treatment.

In collaboration with the local health offices, TB education and community screenings have been conducted.

Local chief executives and celebrity ambassadors for the #EndTB campaign have actively campaigned to end TB. 

Department of Health’s National Tuberculosis Control Program Manager, Dr. Anna Marie Celina Garfin, commended the local government units who have launched an integrated COVID-19 and TB response initiatives amid the pandemic. 

In several occasions, Dr. Garfin also thanked USAID’s TB Platforms for its continuous support to strengthen local TB efforts especially in these most challenging times.

She also expressed her admiration to the TB nurse coordinators who have been serving in the frontlines – both for TB and COVID-19. (PIA NCR)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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