The Provincial Government of Pangasinan spearheaded by Governor Amado I. Espino III will enter into and sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Philippine Business for Social Progress, Inc. (PBMSI) for the continuous implementation of the programmatic management of drug-resistant tuberculosis (PMDT) project in the province.
This developed after the Pangasinan Provincial Board during its web-based/online session on April 12, approved Provincial Resolution No. 2265-2021 to continuously implement said project.
“The Phil. Business for Social Progress, Inc. is the current Global Fund recipient that supervises the management of funding and implementation of the ACCESS TB Project or Advancing Client-centered Care and Expanding Sustainable Services for TB Project (the Global Fund Project) in the country,” the resolution stated.
As Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member Jeremy Agerico Rosario disclosed in his sponsorship statement, one of the key service areas of the Global Fund Project is to support the Department of Health (DOH) in the expansion of its PMDT. “This has been one of the activities undertaken to totally eradicate tuberculosis in the country and this project would help reduce the prevalence of tuberculosis health problems in the province,” he said in his sponsorship statement.
Hence, PMDT is a provision of diagnostic and treatment services to Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (DRTB) patients through the treatment centers, satellite treatment centers and treatment sites.
“The Province of Pangasinan, through its public health facilities, namely: Pangasinan Provincial Hospital, Urdaneta District Hospital, Eastern Pangasinan District Hospital, Western Pangasinan District Hospital and Bayambang District Hospital are currently operating as Satellite Treatment Centers and Rapid TB Diagnostic laboratories (RTDL) for Drug Resistant Tuberculosis Patients in the Province,” the resolution further stated.
The five mentioned hospitals will serve as the implementing partners of the DOH in order to effectively and efficiently deliver quality clinical and laboratory services, and TB care and treatment among TB patients covered by the Global Fund Project. (/Ruby R. Bernardino)