By Dandan A. Bantugan
Tagbilaran City – The Bohol provincial board, alarmed by the unreported 4,702 cases of tuberculosis (TB) in the province last year, will conduct a investigation within this week.
In a privilege speech during the regular session of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Friday, Board Member Jade A. Bautista said the missing TB cases were confirmed by health authorities, based on the estimated population of a certain province.
“The actual number of reported cases of tuberculosis is deducted from the target and the difference is the missing TB cases,” Bautista said. stressing that it means there is a high number of TB cases that are unreported.
What complicated this health concern is that the unreported persons do not even know they have TB and they could spread the disease, she said.
The data was gathered by Bautista from a recent workshop in Tagbilaran led by the Association of Municipal Health Officers of the Philippines (AMHOP) Bohol chapter and the Provincial Health Office (PHO).
Bautista said a substantial number of the missing cases are from jails based on a testimony of a representative of Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).
Because Bohol jails are congested and the disease is highly contagious, the number of TB patients in prisons continues to rise.