Here's what our Minister Of Health must do:
Enforce treatment compliance
The WHO has found
that there is a proven and cost effective way:-
Through the Directly Observed Treatment Short Course(DOTS) strategy, where health workers watch each patient swallow the correct medication. Tanzania, for example, improved its cure rate from 40 to over 80 per cent through strict adherence to the DOTS strategy.
Accelerate the building of clinics and laboratories
In rural areas, where the majority of our population lives, such facilities are often nonexistent. Even in areas where clinics are available, patients may have to walk for up to five hours to seek treatment. For the DOTS strategy to work, we must have additional clinics and laboratories.
Ensure that babies are properly vaccinated
It's vital that the BCG innoculation process be fully investigated, from the efficacy of the vaccine itself to the method used and the training of nurses who deliver the vaccination.
Tb is a social problem
and can't be treated in a vacuum. Health authorities should encourage
communities to form Tb committees to meet the patients' needs for
emotional support, health and nutritional information, skills training,
housing and first aid.
The government needs to act now.