Call for modern mobile units for TB patients in remote areas

A three-day field level visit of a 12-member joint monitoring mission team of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in the district concluded here on Thursday.

Speaking after a discussion with District Collector Adeela Abdulla here, Wilson Law, public health specialist, who led the medical team, said that they had a great expectation in the performance of the district Health department officials in eradicating tuberculosis.

“The move to tackle the disease is the first such attempt in developing countries”, Dr. Wilson said, adding that the district had set a model in coordination of various governmental departments and private hospitals for the purpose.

The team also suggested setting up more mobile units with all modern facilities for tuberculosis patients in remote areas. It also suggested adopting steps to address malnutrition among the marginalised sections of society.

The team visited the district hospital, district tuberculosis centre, taluk hospital at Sulthan Bathery and various primary health centres as well as private hospitals in the district.

They also interacted with patients, their relatives, Health department officials, people’s representatives and health workers.

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