US to sup­port first com­pre­hen­sive TB sur­vey in Pak­istan

The Pak Banker - - 2national -

IS­LAM­ABAD: As part of its com­mit­ment to as­sist the pub­lic health sec­tor in Pak­istan, the United States is sup­port­ing the first com­pre­hen­sive sur­vey of Tu­ber­cu­lo­sis (TB) in the coun­try in more than two decades.

The sur­vey will present an ac­cu­rate pic­ture of the preva­lence of the dis­ease in Pak­istan and will pro­vide cru­cial in­for­ma­tion for health of­fi­cials in de­sign­ing anti-tu­ber­cu­lo­sis strate­gies.

The sur­vey will be among the largest of its kind ever con­ducted. Some 150,000 men, women and chil­dren will be checked and tested for TB at 95 lo­ca­tions through­out Pak­istan.

The re­sults will pro­vide cru­cial in­for­ma­tion needed for a com­pre­hen­sive and ef­fec­tive cam­paign against the dis­ease in Pak­istan.

This project was launched on Mon­day at a cer­e­mony in Is­lam­abad presided by U.S. Deputy Chief of Mis­sion Stephen En­gelken and Pak­istan's Min­is­ter for Health Makhdoom Sha­habud­din, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease is­sued by the US Em­bassy here.

"This sur­vey is go­ing to pro­vide us with ev­i­dence to un­der­stand the mag­ni­tude of tu­ber­cu­lo­sis in Pak­istan so we can plan ef­fec­tively con­trol of the dis­ease," Min­is­ter Sha­habud­din said.

"The Min­istry of Health is to­tally com­mit­ted to the im­ple­men­ta­tion and com­ple­tion of this sur­vey on time."

"The United States has a long-stand­ing com­mit­ment to sup­port the pub­lic health sec­tor in Pak­istan," Mr En­gelken said.

"We strongly be­lieve that in­vest­ment in health leads to a bet­ter life for Pak­ista­nis. -App

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