Iloilo City Health Personnel Receive Free TB Training

The Iloilo City Health Office (CHO) conducted two batches of free training on Direct Sputum Smear Microscopy (DSSM) for TB detection to 12 medical technologists of CHO and hospital laboratory personnel from Western Visayas Medical Center and West Visayas State University Medical Center. The City Government initiated the training to meet the licensing requirements for additional diagnostic tests and services in the clinical laboratory.

According to Uswag Molecular Laboratory head Annabelle Rosario Blancaflor, the city’s facility has no trained medical technologists to administer the DSSM, which is considered to be the original method of detecting TB bacteria. The training was held at Punta Villa Resort in Iloilo City on Feb. 14-20 and March 13-17, 2023 and was facilitated by trainers from the Department of Health, Iloilo Provincial Health Office, and Negros Occidental Health Office.

“This is City Government-initiated in preparation for additional diagnostic test and service of our clinical laboratory as a requirement for licensing,” said Blancaflor. “The training was in time for the celebration of World TB Day on March 24.” CHO will conduct two more batches of laboratory personnel training in May of this year, she added.
Zach Golez

A lifestyle blogger based in Iloilo City

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