Medical &Health

Bangladesh vows to eradicate TB

DHAKA, Mar 16, 2017 (BSS) - Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim has said Bangladesh is working jointly with World Health Organisation (WHO) and other partners to end the scourge of tuberculosis in the country.

"Our government stands committed to ending TB in the country. We will work jointly with WHO and partners to achieve the ambitious End TB targets," Nasim said in statements made at a ministerial meeting towards ending TB in the South-East Asia region in New Delhi yesterday, according to a message received here.

He said "We understand that by reaching end TB targets we will save 1.2 million precious lives and prevent about 5 million TB cases".

Ministers, officials and public health activists from Bangladesh,

Bhutan, Korea, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Thailand, Myanmar, Nepal and East Timor besides WHO representatives participated in the meeting.

Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali and members of Bangladesh delegation, Additional Secretaries at the Health Ministry Quazi AKM Mohiul Islam and Sarder Abul Kalam were also present at the conference.

Nasim said Bangladesh has maintained very good "basic TB control

services", with reasonable case detection and excellent treatment outcomes. There has been a consistent increase in case notification especially among new and relapse cases since 2013.

Bangladesh, he said, is the first country in the region that introduced shorter treatment regimen for MDR-TB and is achieving high cure rate for MDR-TB patients (75%). National Strategic Plan for TB Control for 2018-2022 has been updated in line with END TB Strategy.

Nasim said in spite of progress in the fight against TB some challenges remain.

He said 40 percent of all TB cases still remain undiagnosed; mandatory TB case notification is yet to be fully operationalized; detection of MDR-TB cases needs to be increased along with increase in childhood TB detection and management.

The health minister also referred to Bangladesh's recent success in

overall health situation.

He said Bangladesh has made tremendous progress in the health sector

especially in child and maternal mortality reduction, poverty reduction and increasing life expectancy under the present pro-people government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

These achievements are the results of wise planning, careful

implementation, and good monitoring and evaluation of the health

interventions.

"Our goal to establish a Digital Bangladesh has been achieved more

remarkably in health sector," he added.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)