Peshawar: Speakers at a seminar on TB have said that it is curable disease and emphasized on TB patients to use the medicine on daily basis in order to avoid Multi Drug Resistance MDR, which are more expensive and deadly than first stage of the disease is treated from six to eight months.
The seminar titled “Stop TB in my life” organized TB Control Programme Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in connection with World TB Day here at a local hotel on Monday.
Those spoke on the occasion, include Special Secretary Health Dr Muhammad Akbar Khan, Dr Director General Health Shareef Ahmad Khan, Chief Executive of Lady Reading Hospital LRH Dr Arshad Javed, National TB control programme Dr Ijaz Qadeer, project Director Dr Ubaid Hussain, Dr Maqsood Ali Khan, Dr Taj Muhammad, medical students, representatives of health department and donor agencies.
While speaking on the occasion, secretary health appraised the participants that provincial TB control programme had achieved the targets of case detection rate of 68 percent and treatment success rate of 94 percent which are in line with the World Health Organization WHO’s recommendations.
He said yet, achieving the targets is not an end of the journey, rather a commitment that they still need to go a long way to control Tuberculosis. The availability of anti-TB drugs and trained and motivated human resource at the diagnostic and treatment centers are encouraging but to sustain the targets, we must continue with the same spirit and improve the quality of services, he maintained.
Commenting the key achievements made by the programme, the DG health said informed that health department had initiated TB control programme in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa since 2002 and today, they had 229 diagnostic centers and 810 functional treatment centers all over the province,
Quality assured anti TB drugs and diagnostic facilities are provided free of cost. “It is very important for the success of any programme that constant and monitoring and evaluation is carried out so that weaknesses are notified and rectified,” the DG stressed and added that they had meticulous recording and reporting system for the programme enabling them to monitor and report the working of each diagnostic centre.
“In 2012, TB control programme KP was able to register 35848 patients with 94 percent success rate. WHO has estimated about 1500 cases of MDRTB annually in the province. The programme’s target is to enhance the capacity of public and private sectors to detect and manage 80 percent of the estimated smear positive MDRTB incident cases by 2015,” said Dr Ubaid Hussain and informed that free of cost provision of anti-TB drugs has been initiated in TB patients seeking treatment from private health clinics in selected districts.
A prominent pulmonologist chief executive LRH Dr Arshad Javed highlighted the need to involve all the practitioners working in private sector for provision of free TB care services to patients. He appreciated quality MDRTB care facility at LRH.
The Speakers urged the TB patients to early contact the concerned diagnostic and treatment centers sans feeling any stigma so that their disease could be detected and treat and safeguard other healthy people from this disease saying to leave even dose a day, cause MDR, which could be deadly and more expensive.
The Special secretary distributed shield of acknowledgment of professionals for their contribution to control TB in the province.