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65,000 die annually from tuberculosis in Bangladesh

Mar 25, 2013

Over 300,000 people are being infected with tuberculosis (TB) and more than 65,000 are dying annually in Bangladesh of the completely curable disease, said experts at a discussion in Rangpur district of the country.

Civil Surgeon Office, Rural Health Programme, Leprosy Mission and National Anti-Tuberculosis Association of Bangladesh (NATAB) arranged the discussion at Civil Surgeon Office in Panchagarh in observance of the World Tuberculosis Day-2013.

Earlier, a rally participated by hundreds of people including officials, teachers, students, health workers, public representatives, civil society members, professionals, socio- cultural activists and elite, was brought out in the district town.

With Panchagarh Civil Surgeon Dr Mozammel Haque in the chair, deputy director of the Family Planning Department Dr Mizanur Rahman, Sadar Upazila Health and Family Planning Officer Dr AKM Badruzzaman, district unit general secretary of BMA Dr Mansur Alam and general secretary of NATAB Kawser Ali, addressed.

The speakers said that the government has been conducting hectic efforts to detect the TB patients and bring them under cost-free direct observation treatment short- course (DOTS) programme everywhere to make the country free from the disease by 2021.

The experts said the detected 649 TB patients have been getting regular treatments and many of the patients carrying micro- bacterium tuberculosis bacteria infections are yet to be brought under treatments in the district.

They underscored the essence of building an adequate social awareness everywhere about the curable disease involving every citizen with the process of detecting and eradicating tuberculosis from the country within the shortest possible period.

SOURCE: BSS

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