US to support first comprehensive TB survey in Pakistan
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