More emphasis should be given to TB detection: Health Minister
Health Minister Zahid Malek has commented that more importance should be given to tuberculosis detection. He said that despite the government’s various initiatives to prevent tuberculosis, still 15 percent of patients remain undiagnosed every year. They don’t take treatment till one stage. Unknowingly spread tuberculosis to others. So we must increase the number of detections. Or a more dangerous situation will arise.
The minister said this while addressing a workshop titled ‘Community, Rights and Gender Action Plan for TB’ organized at Hotel Intercontinental in the capital on Wednesday afternoon.
Mentioning that many patients are suffering from various complex diseases due to giving up medicine midway, the minister said, after detection, proper treatment should also be ensured.
Zahid Malek said that 360,000 people are affected by tuberculosis in the country every year. 3 lakh 7 thousand patients come under detection. As such, 15 percent of patients remain undiagnosed for a long time.
He said TB is the 13th leading cause of death in the world. Around one million people in the world are affected by TB. About 1.5 million people die every year. And every year like 40 thousand people die in the country.
Mentioning that the corona virus has come under control, the health minister said that Bangladesh has achieved the fifth place in the world in controlling the corona virus. We are the first in South Asia in vaccination program.
He said that many people have not yet taken the booster dose of Corona. Eight million people are left. Children vaccination program will start from 25th. I will tell all the parents, bring your children. vaccinate However, must be registered through the school.