65 patients in the district have undergone treatment

In all 2,498 tuberculosis cases were detected in the last year in Thrissur district. Out of this, 83 per cent patients were recovered totally after treatment. “Sixty five patients in the district had undergone treatment for multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB). Anti-tuberculosis drug resistance is a major public health problem that threatens progress made in TB care and control worldwide,” according to V. Vidhya, district TB Officer.

The government started the treatment programme for MDR TB in 2008.

Tuberculosis, which transmits through air, causes the maximum number of deaths across world. The statistics assert that more than 5000 people are affected by this disease in one day in India and two people die of TB every three minutes. ‘Stop TB in my lifetime' is the new slogan of the renovated programme planned to control tuberculosis.

High quality medicines

The diagnosis and treatment for TB is entirely free in the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Program (RNTCP), says District Tuberculosis Centre, Thrissur. According to the DOTS strategy (Directly Observed Treatment, Short-course) followed by the government, a full course of high quality medicines will be made available for everyone diagnosed with TB.

Symptoms

Cough that persists for more than two weeks, fever, loss of appetite, decreased energy of body and chest pain are the most common symptoms of TB. District TB Centre has advised that everyone who experiences these symptoms must test their sputum for TB. Those who have been diagnosed with HIV and diabetes must test for TB since they are more susceptible to catch the disease, according to doctors.

The test for diagnosing TB is free in Medical Colleges and selected private hospitals. The only way to cure tuberculosis is the religious intake of prescribed medicines. Doctors warn that if medicines are skipped or the treatment is not taken, treatable ordinary TB will evolve into a much more stubborn type MDR TB, which is difficult to treat.

The medical community asserts that tuberculosis is curable if the medications are taken regularly.

The District Tuberculosis Center has requested all to support the elimination of tuberculosis. The World TB Day programmes will be inaugurated by Therambil Ramakrishnan MLA at Prof. Joseph Mundassery Memorial Hall here on Saturday.


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