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Tower to turn red to mark World TB Day

Tower to turn red to mark World TB Day

TB is one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide. There is great support available for people with TB at QA Hospital so you shouldn't be nervous about seeking help'.

Two years after the end of the European Union action plan on TB, little has been done on the creation of the new integrated policy framework addressing HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Hepatitis C.

The vast majority of TB-related deaths occur in lower income countries.

Tuberculosis, commonly referred to as TB, is a contagious infectious disease that usually attacks the lungs. The bacterium becomes airborne and can spread when a person coughs or sneezes and another person inhales that air containing the contaminated droplets. We also should address the issue of latent TB infection in our projects.

"We are using this medium to encourage all patients and contacts of individuals with cough of more than 2 to 3 weeks, sputum production, haemoptysis (coughing out of blood), chest wall pain, noisy breathing, breathlessness, frequent colds, loss of weight, loss of appetite, fever and night sweats, to report to the nearest health facility for necessary tests". People with active TB "must take medicine for several months". This is done by firstly finding the adults who have TB. This kind of a treatment regime is hard to adhere to, especially when the symptoms disappear within the first 1 month of the treatment. Multi-drug-resistant TB is a threat to our existence.

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"In recent years, the CHP has proactively introduced new TB drugs to provide more effective treatment for TB patients".

One of the strengths of Dr Aung's research proposal was its links with Myanmar, where much can be learnt about TB given the population size and its prevalence there, Professor McPherson says. India also has more than a million "missing" cases every year which are not notified, and most remain either undiagnosed or inadequately diagnosed and treated in the private sector. There is an increase in MDR TB patients in last few years.

The European Parliament resolution on the EU's response to HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Hepatitis C, adopted in July 2017 is a significant step but the NGO community is still waiting for a TB, HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C policy framework adressing each disease's specificities. This is because TB, especially TB of lungs, can weaken the lungs forever.

"Early diagnosis and complete treatment of tuberculosis is the corner-stone of tuberculosis prevention and control strategy". Many a times, the patients miss out on one or the other of this. "Let us work together to make this world TB-free". Doctors, hospital authorities and pharmacies will now have to face serious consequences information about TB patient. There are also specific formats for reporting of these cases which are being circulated to all concerned. Some of the barriers are linked to the way TB has been perceived for a long time.


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