Fighting tuberculosis and the stigma attached to it


Fighting tuberculosis and the stigma attached to it

World Health Organisation has put the number of deaths in Kenya on Tuberculosis at approximately 29,000 in 2017. "They may treat them with multiple rounds of antibiotics and maybe treat bronchitis, which is not the same drugs we use to cure TB", explained Porter.

About one-quarter of the world's population has latent TB, which means people have been infected by TB bacteria but are not (yet) ill with the disease and can not transmit the disease. The government has also launched a campaign for Active TB Case Finding, wherein door to door visits are made by health personnel in an effort to find patients with varied symptoms of TB, who are then brought to the public health facilities.

The DTO Kohima in a press release stated that few days prior to the World TB Day, Pharmacies were visited in and around Kohima town on one to one basis where they were given awareness on the importance of noting and listing H1 drugs of which TB drugs are included as notified by the Government of India.

Our heads of states hold the keys to unlocking the stranglehold of TB.
Mycobacterium tuberculosis is the type of bacteria which causes TB. And with the growing challenge of MDR-TB or TB-HIV co-infection, TB could spread quickly with a tremendous impact on all Americans. TB mainly attacks the lungs but it can also spread to the other parts of the body like the brain, spine, uterus, mouth, liver, kidney, throat and bones.

Persons can be infected with TB but not have the disease.

World Health Organization regional director for South-east Asia, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, also asked the countries to ensure all persons that have had contact with a TB patient are traced and also screened for the disease. There are many out there in the society, who will not let others succeed, but people should trust their own abilities.

Dr Bonsu said financing mechanisms to support treatment adherence by patients were no longer available, leading to poor treatment supervision and ultimately increases in drug resistant TB, saying the number of reported drug resistant cases had gone up such that in 2017, 198 cases were reported compared to 30 in 2013.

Phalatse said TB continued to be the top infectious agent worldwide, claiming over 4 500 lives a day, and was aggravated by the emergence of Multi Drug Resistant TB (MDR-TB) strains. Over 95% of TB deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. In 2016, 10.4 million people fell ill with TB and 1.7 million died.

Given this, Narendra Modi's vow to eliminate TB by 2025 "shows political will, but realistically, it is impossible, because TB's latent cases surface at least two-three years, or even later". This needs to accelerate to a 4-5% annual decline to reach the 2020 milestones of the End TB Strategy.

Professor Peters, who was the immediate past Chief Medical Director (CMD) of University of Uyo Teaching Hospital (UUTH) said TB affects the economically productive age group in the community, thereby affecting productivity.



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