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Romualdez to ask PhilHealth to include TB tests in free Konsulta

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Speaker Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez and Tingog Partylist Rep. Yedda K. Romualdez on Thursday said they will ask the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) to include in its free diagnostic packages the prerequisite tests for suspected tuberculosis carriers.

The two made the statement during the health caravan organized by Rep. Romualdez and House Deputy Majority Leader and Iloilo Rep. Janette Garin that served a total of 1,000 farmers and fisherfolks in Iloilo City, all getting medicines and medical checkups such as basic x-rays, bloodwork, health screening and laboratory tests, among others.

Speaker Romualdez said they will ask PhilHealth president Emmanuel Ledesma to include in its free Konsulta packages the prerequisite tests for suspected TB carriers.

The Speaker, based on Garin’s statements, mentioned that individuals with tuberculosis did not receive free medication due to their lack of preliminary kidney and liver readiness tests.

“Most of the time, suspected TB carriers have no means to have themselves tested for TB because of the costs it entails…,” the Speaker said.

Rep. Romualdez, a registered nurse, said PhilHealth should include in its Konsulta packages the creatinine and SGPT/SGOT tests, which according to Garin – a doctor by profession – are needed for suspected TB carriers.

“This way, we can help more people get medical attention for a very communicable disease that can affect even children. We help the people who have TB and we prevent the spread of this preventable disease,” said Rep. Romualdez, chairperson of the House Committee on Accounts.

Earlier, Speaker Romualdez, Rep. Yedda Romualdez, and ACT-CIS Rep. Erwin Tulfo asked PhilHealth to give free mammograms and breast ultrasounds to women who may be suspected of having breast cancer.

PhilHealth approved the request and will start including mammograms and breast ultrasounds in its free Konsulta packages.

Meanwhile, the health caravan aptly called Bantay Kalusugan with Ate Yedda was undertaken at the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) located in Tigbauan, Iloilo City.

“Our farmers and our fishermen are usually the ones who do not seek health services from the government, either because they live in far-flung areas or they don’t have the resources to take the time off and prioritize their health needs,” Rep. Yedda Romualdez said.

“This is why kami na ang pumunta sa kanila. We took a whole range of medical services and brought them closer to the people who need them. Abutin natin ang kaya nating abutin,” she added.

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