The Club’s TB Eradication Committee chaired by PDG Tony Quila, in a team-up with the Punta Fuego Village Foundation, our cooperating organization; our daughter club, RC Makati Business District, the San Andres Health Center, medicine supplier Pediatrica, and our long-time service partner, Kabisig ng Kalahi, launched a module of our End TB Now project last April 10 at the Ortega Sports Complex in San Andres, Manila.
In attendance were Pres. David & Mache Ackerman, PDG Tony, Pres. Michelle Mantecon of RCMBD, and Dr. Rosana Milan, physician/administrator of the San Andres Health Center.
The module covers 70 children, who are expected to complete the six-month medical treatment cycle in October. This is the second module conducted in San Andres. The first, started on December 10 last year, had 39 young patients who are scheduled to complete the treatment in June.
The children’s parents who were present heard the self-same message being hammered down: TB is curable; the medicines are free; it is imperative that the children take the medicine as directed every day without fail; the parents’ cooperation is key to the success of the program. Dr. Milan exhorted the parents to reinforce the medication with nutritious food, especially vegetables, while PDG Tony told them that it is the Club’s goal to eradicate TB in the country.
This new module brings to seven the number of modules started and to 472 the number of TB-afflicted children being treated since the grand launch of the district-wide project in December 2016. Funding for all seven modules (so far) comes from the Club’s $85,000 global grant from The Rotary Foundation.