Trongsa sees an in­crease in sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted dis­eases

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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.

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