Trongsa sees an increase in sexually transmitted diseases
Coinciding with the World Health Day Trongsa Dzongkhag revealed the results of the screening done for non communicable diseases and sexually transmitted diseases for truckers, taxi driver and local volunteers on 15th march 2016.
“The NCD advocacy and screening was clubbed with the STI camping is mostly concerned for tuckers, taxi drivers and youngsters, who are vulnerable to these kind of diseases. Since STI is a communicable disease, it is important to get screened early to prevent spread of infection. On other hand this kind of camping is to create awareness and education among risks group about STI and its preventions,” said Dolley Tshering, Dzongkhag Health Officer.
Voluntary screening for STI was conducted in Thruepang, Tashidingkha and Dzongkhaglum about 20kms away from Trongsa towards Zhemgang where people with high risk factors lives.
Coinciding with STI campaign, NCDs screening is also conducted because this is also one of the rising trends of diseases, which needs immediate attention.
During the camping at Thruepang, about 216 clients were screened for STI through voluntarism and about 74 clients were screened for NCDs, which includes people above the age of 40 who have high risk of diabetes and hypertension.
The health officials involve during camping were Dzongkhag Health Officer, NCD focal person, HISC Focal Person from Kuenga Rabten HISC unit, Lab. Technician and other supporting staffs. Free condoms were made available and distributed to indi- viduals and refreshments were provided during the campaign.
Out of 216 clients screened for the STIs, 6 of them has been tested positive for hepatitis B virus and 12 of them tested positive for syphilis. All of them who were tested positive were called and provided treatment as per the protocols.
Following the day, the same program was taken to Dzongkhaglum and Tashidingkhag dividing into two groups. At Dzongkhaglum, a total of 30 drivers plying on the highway were stopped on the block site and screening for STIs. Out of 30 clients screened for STIs, four of them were tested positive for syphilis but none of them detected with HIV & hepatitis.
At the same time, a total of 85 clients turned up for the awareness and screening at Tashidingkha dam colony. Out of 85 clients, 15 of them were detected with syphilis and eight of them with hepatitis. But, there were no cases of HIV.
The Dzongkhag health officer mentioned that “Similar services shall be provided for those who were detected with Hep.B positive and THPA reactive. However, those result who were screened at Dzongkhalum (30 clients) and Tashidingkha Dam colony (85 clients) were still under investigation. In Tashidingkha about 15 clients were screened for NCDs among total of 85 clients for STI.”
The health officials also reported on findings in terms of NCDs during the programme.
There were total of 302 clients from three sites of screening camps that are Thruepang and Tashidingkha.
Random Blood sugar (RBS) and pressure reading was done for those clients age above 40 years. Diabetic was considered with a RBS above 200mg/ dl and pre-diabetic above 140mg/dl.
The Outcome of the STI and NCDs camp were also reported that the total of 302 clients were voluntary screened for STI with free distribution of condoms, total of 89 clients above 40years were screened for NCDs.
With those people the health worker provided free assess screening opportunities for risks youngsters group and those who falls in the high risk group were called for the follow up visit in the hospital for further investigation and management.
Not only that but also those group were also counselled for dietary and physical exercise despite medication and they were also explained about the complications and importance of treatment and management.