November 16, 2017

Programme aims to uncover new TB cases nationwide

The 200-bed TB Special Hospital in Patheingyi Township, Mandalay Region.  Photo: Supplied

A PROGRAMME to expose new tuberculosis cases nationwide through two vehicles fully equipped with mobile X-ray machines and essential diagnostic facilities will initiate in target areas later this month, according to a report of the Myawady Daily on Wednesday.
Dr Sithu Aung, director of National TB Programme, said the project has been implemented by the National TB Control Programme with the support of Three Millennium Development Goal Fund (3MDG). The move mainly aims to reduce the infection of tuberculosis, a dangerous bacterial infection that usually attacks the lungs.
The new scheme will also be implemented in prisons, said Dr Sithu Aung, who plans to negotiate with the Correctional Department to survey new TB prevalence by scanning all inmates.
Two vehicles equipped with X-ray-machines donated by the 3MDG Funds will be kept in Mandalay and Yangon for diagnostic work. Those mobile units will also be used to help patients stick to their course of treatment. All of the work focuses on key populations, such as the urban poor, co-infected patients and migrant populations.
There are approximately 150,000 TB patients detected annually in Myanmar, which is one of the world’s 30 TB high-burden countries.—GNLM

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