Ensure timely treatment for TB patients: Experts

26 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

RANGPUR: Health experts at a post-rally discussion have put highest importance on ensuring timely treatment of tuberculosis (TB) infected patients for eradication of the completely curable disease.

They made the observation at the discussion held at the Civil Surgeon’s conference room on Wednesday afternoon in observance of the World Tuberculosis Day-March 24, 2021 in the city.

The Civil Surgeon Office jointly with the divisional health administration, National Anti-Tuberculosis Association of Bangladesh (NATAB) and BRAC organised the events under the National Tuberculosis Prevention Programme (NTPP).

Earlier, physicians, health workers, nurses, teachers, public representatives, religious leaders and NGO activists participated in the rally abiding by the health directives in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, reports BSS.

With Civil Surgeon Dr Herambo Kumar Roy in the chair, Divisional Director (Health) Dr Ahad Ali attended the discussion as chief guest.

Divisional Deputy Director (Health) Dr Abu Md Zakirul Islam addressed the occasion as special guest.

Divisional Tuberculosis Expert of NTPP Dr Rana Chowdhury, Rangpur unit President of NATAB Shah Md. Nabiullah Panna, Senior Area Supervisor of brac for Rangpur and Rajshahi divisions Md. Nasir Uddin, its Programme Organiser SM Liyakat Hossain, among others, spoke.

Civil Surgeon Dr Roy discussed the present tuberculosis situation in Rangpur, reasons behind tuberculosis infection, government activities for prevention of tuberculosis and available cost-free treatment facilities.

The experts discussed the severity, symptoms and available treatment facilities of multi-drug resistant (MDR) tuberculosis, Extra Pulmonary, extremely drug resistant (XDR) tuberculosis and mycobacterium (MT) tuberculosis in Rangpur.

They also discussed functioning of GeneXpert Machines available at Tazhat Chest Disease Hospital in Rangpur and Chest Disease Centres (CDCs) at Gaibandha, Kurigram and Thakurgaon districts for diagnosing various types of tuberculosis.