Médecins Sans Frontières opens drug-resistant TB medical site at district headquarters and Gujranwala University Hospital – Pakistan
Gujranwala: The international medical organization MÃ©decins Sans FrontiÃ¨res (MSF) / MÃ©decins Sans FrontiÃ¨res has opened a Programmatic Management of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis (PMDT) site at the district headquarters and at the University Hospital of Gujranwala in collaboration with the Provincial Program of tuberculosis control, the Department of Primary and Secondary Health Care. Punjab. The project aims to diagnose and treat drug-resistant TB patients from Gujranwala and surrounding districts.
Tuberculosis is one of the deadly infectious diseases in the world. According to the WHO, Pakistan ranks fifth among countries with high prevalence of tuberculosis and fourth for drug-resistant tuberculosis in the world.
According to the provincial tuberculosis control program, the Punjab estimates 268,000 cases of tuberculosis per year, including 8,900 cases of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis.
Tuberculosis is caused by bacteria that spread through air droplets and usually affects the lungs.
Patients with tuberculosis usually have severe symptoms, including severe cough, chest pain, weakness, sudden weight loss, and fever. If diagnosed at an early stage, it is treatable and curable; However, if left untreated, it can be fatal. Tuberculosis can become drug resistant if patients do not follow their treatment properly, and the disease progresses to drug resistant TB.
“MSF in Pakistan aims to provide medical assistance to those who need it most,” says Frank Ross, MSF representative in Pakistan. âTuberculosis takes a serious toll on a person’s life and gets worse if it turns into multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. Treatment for drug-resistant TB can take months and leaves patients vulnerable in the community due to the social stigma associated with it.
The newly created PMDT clinic in Gujranwala supported by MSF will provide free treatment to patients with drug-resistant tuberculosis. It will provide a patient-centered model of care that will bring diagnosis and treatment together under one roof.
MSF will also carry out outreach activities to raise awareness and ensure patient follow-up. The teams will liaise with rural and basic health centers to help build capacity and improve the appropriate collection and transport of specimens to selected TB diagnostic facilities and refer patients to the clinic. PMDT in the district.
MÃ©decins Sans FrontiÃ¨res is an international medical humanitarian organization providing emergency aid to people affected by armed conflicts, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare. MSF started working in Pakistan in 1986 and is now providing urgently needed quality medical care in the provinces of Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh.
MSF works in collaboration with the country’s health authorities and its activities in Pakistan are financed only by private donations, without any institutional or government contribution.
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Communication Officer – MÃ©decins Sans FrontiÃ¨res
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