QUALITY OF TUBERCULOSIS CONTROL: A CASE STUDY OF DISPLACED POPULATION OF JALOZAI, PAKISTAN.

Mehran Qayum, Saeed Anwar, Usman Ahmad Raza, Rubeena Gul, Erum Qayum

Abstract


Tuberculosis is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality especially in developing countries. Health facilities among displaced people’s camp of Jalozai were assessed using descriptive cross sectional survey to determine the case load of TB, standardized regimen in accord with WHO guidelines, diagnosis, categorization and treatment. Less than 10 case loads for TB were found per month and only one health facility was following WHO/National TB Program recommended guidelines for TB detection and treatment. The only common feature among health facility appeared to be same duration of treatment in initial intensive phase. These finding suggests efforts needed to improve knowledge of health personnel an need of effective standardized treatment protocol in support with National TB control program (NTP). NTP should be strengthened to monitor medical education in tuberculosis treatment. Awareness should be created regarding TB. Reporting of mortality from TB and record keeping should be done to identify the need of effective TB controlled program.


Keywords


TB Control; Refugee camp; MDR TB; Jalozai camp

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