Tu­ber­cu­lo­sis is a great con­cern

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Last Wed­nes­day dur­ing the World TB Day health of­fi­cials once again spoke about this dis­ease with the me­dia and the peo­ple present at the con­fer­ence hall at RIHS. Though this dis­ease could be cured but is of great con­cern. Many peo­ple died suf­fer­ing TB not only in Bhutan but world­wide.

To­day the medicine for TB has been so much ad­vanced but should never take as granted. Many peo­ple miss their doses pre­scribed by the doc­tors they have con­sulted and had to pay a heavy price. Miss­ing the pre- scribed doses for one day could be very danger­ous even if a pa­tient miss for one day dose they have to un­dergo for sec­ond dose course which will have to be restarted.

Speak­ing at the oc­ca­sion the Health Min­is­ter Ly­onpo Tandin Wangchuk said that there are many new chal­lenges and among th­ese one of the most deadly chal­lenge is multi-drug re­sis­tant TB (MDR-TB) and TB HIV co-in­fec­tions that could un­der­mine the na­tion’s achieve­ments in pre­ven­tion and con­trol ef­forts.

He said that 61 MDR TB cases were de­tected last year which was the high­est so far, there were also seven cases of TB-HIV co in­fec­tion and is di­ag­nosed among the age group of 15-44 age groups.

“I was also in­fected with TB when I was young but with the com­plete course I got rid of with it” he said.

Speak­ing to Bhutan Times one of the pa­tient Karma (name changed ) said he don’t even drink, smoke or tak­ing any kind of drugs but still then he suf­fered from this dis­ease and now un­der­go­ing the cour­ses ap­plied.

This dis­ease could be harm­ful to any­one around, he said. It is like flu which could in­fect in and around if pre­cau­tion shall not be taken on time.

Till now in Bhutan it is re­ported that there are be­tween 1,115 and 1,328 cases of TB re­ported for the last five years. About 382 to 454 new cases of smear pos­i­tive TB cases are di­ag­nosed an­nu­ally.

Mean­while, it is es­ti­mated that three mil­lion of the nine mil­lion in­fected cases world­wide doesn’t get treat­ment ac­cord­ing to the world Global TB re­port since last year.

“Reach the three mil­lion – Find, Treat, Cure TB” is the theme this year.

Ac­cord­ing to the mas­sage con­veyed by WHO re­gional direc­tor for southeast Asia re­gion, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh called on coun­tries in the re­gion to con­tinue ad­dress­ing the un­der­ly­ing so­cial de­ter­mi­nants of TB, even if the re­gion was on track to achieve the global tar­get of 50 per­cent re­duc­tion in death rates by 2015.

TB is a con­di­tion strongly in­flu­enced by low nu­tri­tion, poverty, so­cial stigma, en­vi­ron­men­tal fac­tors, rapid ur­ban­iza­tion and large pop­u­la­tion dis­place­ment in many coun­tries, she added.

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