A round table discussion about TB control in Bangladesh held in the Daily Star newspaper’s office. Timely and proper diagnosis is a must for TB control said, doctors and health experts. Bangladesh has made significant progress in tuberculosis TB control over a previous couple of decades, but still, an oversized number of TB patients remain undiagnosed thanks to lack of awareness, doctors and health professionals said yesterday.
They suggested that folks undergo diagnosis immediately once they find the symptoms of TB, like long-term cough, pain, and fever. Otherwise, they’re going to not only intensify their sickness but also spread the deadly disease among those nearby.
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The experts, doctors, and health professionals made the remarks at a roundtable on the challenges of TB control in Bangladesh, jointly organized by the National Tuberculosis Control Program (NTP), Brac, and therefore the Daily Star at the newspaper’s office within the capital.
Speaking at the event, Asif Mujtaba Mahmud, secretary-general of Bangladesh Lung Foundation, said, “Prevention may be a major part of TB control. To do so, we’d like to diagnose patients properly. Otherwise, the transmission chain can’t be broken,” he said.
He also urged people to allow up the habit of spitting here and there, because it is that the easiest method to transmit the disease.
Speaking as chief guest, Prof Shamiul Islam, director of NTP, said people need to change their mindset over tuberculosis and forget the common belief that TB is merely a respiratory illness that affects poor people.
“Except for hair, nail, and tooth, TB can infect any a part of our body, no matter being rich or poor. Sick and malnourished people are comparatively more at risk of TB infection,” he said.
Sharing recent data of TB situation in Bangladesh, Nazis Arefin, a medic of NTP, said about 90,000 TB patients remained out of diagnosis in 2018, but it reduced to 64,000 last year.
Noted writer and columnist Syed Abul Maksud; Swadhinata Chikitsak Parishad President Iqbal Arslan; Ekushey Television Editor-in-Chief Monjurul Ahsan Bulbul; Gazi TV Editor-in-Chief Syed Ishtiaque Reza; noted physician and actor Ejajul Islam; Unicef’s Chief of Health Section, Maya Vandenent; USAID Director of Health, Xerses Sidhwa; Director of Communicable Diseases section at Brac, Akramul Islam; prominent magician Jewel Aich; dance artist Munmun Ahmed; director Chayanika Chowdhury; theatre personality Tropa Majumdar, and actor Sumaiya Shimu also spoke at the program.
Source : The Daily Star