Role of Imams vital in eliminating tuberculosis: Speakers

Role of Imams vital in eliminating tuberculosis: Speakers

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Speakers at a views-sharing meeting here have said that the Imams could play vital role in eradicating the curable disease of tuberculosis through bringing the infected patients under free treatment facilities.The National Anti-Tuberculosis Association of Bangladesh (NATAB) organised the meeting on `Role of Imams in Controlling Tuberculosis through Creating Awareness’ at Ghonirampur Dakhil Madrasa under Taraganj upazila here on Thursday afternoon.
Member of the district committee of NATAB Abed Ali presided over the meeting partitioned by a large number of Imams of different mosques from all over Taraganj upazila.Medical Officers of Taraganj Upazila Health Complex Dr Golam Rasul Rakhi, Dr Rezaul Karim and Dr Ratan Kumar Roy participated in the views-sharing meeting as resource persons.Member of the district committee of NATAB Asaduzzaman Afzal delivered the welcome speech narrating the goals and objectives of the meeting.Rangpur Regional Representative of NATAB Monwar Hossain moderated the meeting also addressed by a number of Imams.Medical Officer of Taraganj Upazila Health Complex Dr Golam Rasul Rakhi presented the keynote paper narrating the reasons behind tuberculosis infection, its prevention and available free treatment facilities throughout the country.He narrated smear positive, smear negative, multi drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), extremely drug resistant tuberculosis and functioning of GeneXpert Machine at Tazhat Chest Disease Hospital in easily diagnosing tuberculosis and treatment process.The resource persons also discussed on micro-bacterial tuberculosis (MTB), anti-tuberculosis drug refampicin and examination process of sputum of suspected patients using the computerized GeneXpert machine.They lauded the setting up of the full- fledged GeneXpert Laboratory equipped with ultra-modern computerized GeneXpert machine and other inputs at Tazhat Chest Disease Hospital in Rangpur for diagnosing MDR-TB and tuberculosis in general.They put emphasis on quick cough test, taking preventive vaccines and effective and full course intake of essential medicines for eradicating the completely curable disease of tuberculosis from the country.In open discussion session, the speakers urged the Imams for creating social awareness in identifying tuberculosis patients to bring them under the cost-free Direct Observe Treatment Short Course facilities to free the country from the curable disease.Terming the Imams as the most respectable persons in the society, they called upon them to play their effective role in creating social awareness to accelerate early diagnosis of tuberculosis infection for bringing the patients under proper treatment. –BSS, Rangpur

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