Govt ensures TB patients’ treatment


Senate Sub-Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination was informed that the government was working on strategy for proper treatment of tuberculosis patients throughout the country. Giving a briefing to the committee meeting chaired by its convener Senator Ghaus Muhammad Khan Niazi on Friday, officials from TB Control Programme informed that Pakistan stands at fifth among 30 high risk TB countries. They said that there were several challenges in running the program and to control the disease.
They added despite these challenges the government was committed to ensure provision of medical services to the disease affected persons. They said that under the programmed as many as 3,66,000 TB patients had been provided medical cover during year 2016 while total 5,10,000 patients were registered. Officials said that TB treatment course is completed in 24 months. They added that the TB Control Programme was started in 2000 while the global funding for the control of disease was started in 2003.
They said that the programne has received an amount of Rs 1.3 million as global fund so far while during year 2018 to 2020, an amount of Rs 15 billion will be received under global funding. They said the government allocates an amount of Rs 88 million for National Institute of Health (NIH) while Indus Hospital Karachi receives Rs 44 million.
Meanwhile, Senate Standing Committee on Communications was informed on Friday that National Highways and Motorway Police would make more than 11000 recruitments in coming three years to overcome shortage of staff. Inspector General NH&MP Dr Syed Kaleem Imam told the the meeting chaired by Senator Daud Achakzai the department had been facing shortage of staff. Kaleem Imam said that presently the NHMP was patrolling about 2900 km highways and motorways.—APP

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