DAVAO CITY: Muslim clerics in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) have released a fatwa or Islamic edict to fight tuberculosis as the region continues to battle the spread of the disease that is the sixth leading cause of death in the country.
The region’s House of Islamic Opinions has joined forces with the regional government in intensifying the fight against TB despite marked success in the fight.
Department of Health-ARMM Secretary Dr. Kadil Sinolinding Jr. said the involvement of Islamic leaders will make the campaign against the proliferation of TB more efficient as it will be more popular. It is expected the awareness about the disease will be included during Friday services at the mosques and will be integrated in the Madrasah Educational System.
The World Health Organization said there are 260,000 TB cases in the Philippines in 2011 and that 28,000 die each year.
In ARMM, Sinolinding said at least 4,000 active cases are receiving medical treament. TB is said to be the fifth leading causes of death in the region.
Sinolinding said the help of Islamic leaders is expec- ted to positively impact their drive against the disease, especially as they intend to penetrate communities.
“We are happy to be working with our Ulama in this fight,” said Sinolinding. “This is just one of the steps to intensify the fight against the disease as we target to eradicate it in the next few years. TB is a public heath issue.”