Experts at a post-rally discussion in Rangpur on Thursday put importance on ensuring early diagnosis and on time treatment of tuberculosis (TB) patients to eliminate the curable disease from the country.
They viewed this at the discussion held at the Civil Surgeon's conference room in observance of the World Tuberculosis Day- 2023 with the theme of 'Yes we can end TB' in Rangpur city.
The Office of the Divisional Director (Health) in association with brac and National Anti-Tuberculosis Association of Bangladesh (NATAB) organized the events under the National Tuberculosis Prevention Program.
Earlier, physicians, health workers, nurses, teachers, public representatives, religious leaders and NGO activists participated in the rally.
Divisional Deputy Director (Health) Dr. Md. Habibur Rahman presided over the discussion moderated by a Medical Officer at the Civil Surgeon's Office Dr. Nur Jahan Binte Islam Naz.
Medical Officer at the Civil Surgeon's Office Dr. Md. Akhteruzzaman Shuvo delivered a presentation narrating the symptoms of TB infection, its treatment, child tuberculosis, drug resistant tuberculosis, TB preventive therapy, test and identification of TB.
Deputy Civil Surgeon Dr. Md. Ruhul Amin, Rangpur District Manager of brac Feroz Shah Mian, President of Rangpur unit of NATAB Shah Md. Nabiullah Panna, Rangpur Divisional Manager of National Tuberculosis Prevention Program Jafrul Alam Prodhan and Sadar Upazila Health and Family Planning Officer Dr. Rabi Sankar Mandal spoke.
Dr. Akhteruzzaman Shuvo put emphasis on ensuring proper implementation of the tuberculosis eradication programs to reduce TB-related deaths aiming at freeing the country from the curable disease by 2035 next.
Dr. Ruhul Amin said both adults and children should be brought under the TB identification program and cost-free treatment process to completely free the country from tuberculosis.
Dr. Md. Habibur Rahman discussed various programs of the government for controlling tuberculosis and stressed on using Tuberculosis Preventive Therapy (TPT), modern GeneXpert Machines and Digital X-ray Machines for diagnosing TB patients.