Tuberculosis is a great concern
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.