August 19, 2016

Measures taken to control TB

Doctors and nurses give medical care to patients at a clinic.
Doctors and nurses give medical care to patients at a clinic.

Yangon National Tuberculosis Programme (NTP) and the Public Private Mix TB Project (PPMTB Project) will join forces to open a total of five PPMTB Centres within five private hospitals situated in Yangon and the Sagaing Region capital of Monywa, to be financed by the Global Fund.
The centers are reportedly to be opened at the five hospitals to be able to treat patients in the manner as criteria of the NTP prescribes.
“Patients vulnerable to contracting TB can be transferred from private hospitals and clinics to government tuberculosis treatment wards, but the patients themselves are reluctant to be moved, stating a plethora of reasons why they can’t be transferred. It’s this scenario which has been the impetus for establishing the PPMTB Centres, so that patients can be treated when they come and visit one of the private hospitals without having to be transferred. Two centres are to open in Yangon and four in Monywa,” said Dr Thet Naing Maung, manager of the PPMTB Project. Excluding Kayah and Chin States, the Myanmar Medical Association (MMA) will dispatch more than 1,400 medical practitioners to assist rolling out of the PPMTB Project in 135 townships across all other states and regions throughout Myanmar from 2017.
“The NTP is also playing its part in helping to establish PPMTB Centres in private hospitals,” continued Dr Thet Naing Aung. “The entire country will be freed from shackles of concerns toward contracting TB only with success of the NTP tuberculosis eradication initiatives. Opening the PPMTB Centres will abate the numbers of those contracting the disease. It’s not going to be an easy take, but we have to give it our all.”
Tuberculosis Treatment Centres were reportedly opened in two Yangon private hospitals during 2015, the Yangon Ziwadatana Sangha and Toe Lin Aung Hospitals.
According to estimations of the World Health Organization, over 150,000 people in Myanmar suffer from the infectious repertory disease, and the country is currently listed within a list of 30 high-burden TB countries.
A report released by WHO in 2015 revealed that 369 people in every 100,000 Myanmar citizens contract tuberculosis, with it proving fatal for every 53 people of this number of tuberculosis sufferers.


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