Call to bring all undetected TB patients under treatment
24 March 2015, Nirapad News: Speakers at a post-rally discussion have unequivocally called for a concerted effort of government and non-government agencies concerned to bring all the undetected tuberculosis patients under proper treatment for building a TB free society.
They said TB is no more a killer disease as early detection, proper and timely diagnosis and treatment and preventive measures are found effective in fighting the disease.
Rajshahi City Corporation, Rajshahi Medical College Hospital and Offices of the Divisional Director of Health and Civil Surgeon jointly organized the rally. The meeting was held at Luxmipur intersection in Rajshahi Tuesday to mark the World Tuberculosis Day-2016 with the theme “UNITE TO END TB.”
Various other organizations like Challenge TB Project, Damien Foundation, Population Services and Training Center (PSTC), BRAC, FPAB and Ashakta Punarbashan Sangstha (APOSH) supported the anti-TB programmes.
Divisional Director of Health Dr Abdur Razzaque Mian addressed the meeting as chief guest with Civil Surgeon Dr Nilufar Ferdous in the chair. Junior Consultant of Chest Disease Clinic Dr Azraf Hossain, Superintendent of Chest Disease Hospital Dr Sadequl Islam, Divisional TB Expert Dr Saiful Islam and Divisional Coordinator of Challenge TB Project Himangshu Karmaker addressed the discussion, among others.
Dr Abdur Razzaque Mian said the existing challenges of Multi Drug Resistance (MDR) tuberculosis should be faced collectively as its consequences are very dangerous.
He said there is no alternative to concerted efforts to check the contagious disease as all the MDR TB patients always breed more other identical category of patients through quick transmission.
Sharing his expertise Dr Razzaque said the TB is an infectious disease that usually spreads out through breathing of the affected patients. He underscored the need for conducting massive awareness and searching programmes to detect the TB in the slum and char areas of the district without further delay.
It is no more a deadly disease and it is fully cured if the affected patients take proper treatment, he said.
He said the government is determined to achieve success in TB control through implementing the Directly Observed Treatment strategy and with enormous efforts of all the stakeholders GO and NGOs, TB diagnostic and treatment services now available throughout the country.
Terming the co-infection of TB and HIV as severe to any human body he laid stress on a comprehensive human resource along with capacity development plan to deal with TB-HIV co- infection at different levels, layers and systems.
Marking the day, a rally was brought out and that paraded some of the city streets aiming at creating awareness about the disease and its social and family burden.