DOH rolls out nationwide Hepa B testing

By: Inquirer.net June 22,2018 - 09:31 PM

THE Department of Health (DOH) has rolled out a nationwide testing program for Hepatitis B to prevent the disease from further spreading among Filipino children.

DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III on Friday bared the agency’s National Hepatitis B Sero-prevalence Survey that would be conducted in 25 provinces across the country.

The project would have support from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization (WHO), Duque said.

In the nationwide testing program, Duque said survey teams would go to randomly-selected households, and request for parents’ consent to participate in the activity.

“Around 3,000 children, aged five to six years old, will be tested for hepatitis B in the survey. DOH partnered with the Field Epidemiology Training Program Alumni Foundation, Inc., in deploying survey teams to 25 provinces,” Duque said in a statement.

“We appeal to parents or caregivers to allow their child, if he/she is selected, to be tested. Our survey teams have been trained to observe confidentiality in obtaining information,” the DOH chief stressed.

Duque, citing data from the WHO, said that around 8.5 million Filipinos were chronically infected with the hepatitis B virus.

“However, the number of children affected by hepatitis B, an infectious liver disease, is unknown,” Duque said.

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