World Vision optimistic about fight against TB

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The National, Thursday 04th April, 2013

PNG is set to see a continued reduction of the tuberculosis burden and is well on the way to achieving global standards for treatment success, according to World Vision.
In commemorating World TB Day last month, World Vision said the success of TB detection, treatment and cure rate in PNG would only be strengthened with the greater commitment from the government and dedication of the national programme partners.
“Strong partnerships will continue to be pivotal to see effective and increased awareness, detection and treatment of TB across PNG,” World Vision said in a statement.
“The theme for this year’s World TB Day ‘Stop TB in my lifetime’ was a consistent message throughout the events of that day.
“There was strong advocacy on the symptoms of TB and spreading the message that the disease was both curable and treatment was free in all health care facilities in the country.”
The national TB programme uses the World Health Organisation recommended DOTS (directly observed treatment short course) strategy.
One key feature of the DOTS strategy is the use of treatment supporters to significantly boost the cure rate among TB patients.
Treatment supporters visit TB patients regularly to ensure they take their medication. The effective DOTS strategy is already being implemented nationwide.