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One-stop TB service centre opens in city

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 22 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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Country’s first one-stop tuberculosis (TB) service centre equipped with the state-of-the-art testing and laboratory equipment facility was formally opened at Shyamoli in the capital on Tuesday to test, diagnose and treat all forms of tuberculosis under one roof.

US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R Miller joined Minister of Health and Family Welfare Zahid Maleque and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Mission Director Randy Ali to inaugurate the country’s first one-stop tuberculosis (TB) service center.

With USAID’s support, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s National TB Programme has transformed the 250-bed TB hospital in Shyamoli into the premier center to treat TB by equipping the facility with state-of-the-art testing and laboratory equipment, said the US Embassy. 

USAID’s Alliance for Combating TB project also trained a specialised pool of doctors to detect and diagnose the disease—especially multi-drug-resistant TB, and to provide safe and effective treatment for all forms of TB to patients on site.

With USAID support, the National TB Program will open four more one-stop TB service centers across the country in the next several years.

“We are pleased to open the doors to this impressive one-stop TB center and help protect the lives of many who are fighting this disease,” said Ambassador Miller.

“Improving access to critical testing and treatment services for all forms of TB will help Bangladesh cure many more people through timely treatment while preventing new infections,” said USAID Deputy Mission Director Randy Ali.