In SL, 9,000 TB patients detected annually



By Don Asoka Wijewardena


Around 9,000 new tuberculosis (TB) patients are detected annually in Sri Lanka. About 43 per cent of the TB patients are from the Western province and of that around 23 per cent of the cases have been reported from the Colombo district, according to TB and Chest Diseases Control Unit.


TB and Chest Diseases Control Unit Director Dr. Gamini Seneviratne told The Island that TB had attacked around 9 million people globally and about another three million TB positive cases had not sought medical attention.


TB could be effectively treated within six months.


Dr. Seneviratne added that the TB and Chest Diseases Control Unit had introduced directly observed treatment shortcourse (DOTS) to effectively treat the disease.


Under the programme, any nurse, attendant or Grama Niladari could administer the prescribed drugs to TB patients. The TB affected people had to take the medications in the presence of those who could monitor whether the patients took the medications on time.


 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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