Health Desk-25 Dec’18: A specialised tuberculosis (TB) detection centre has been inaugurated at Dhaka Shishu Hospital to reduce the burden of the infectious disease which is difficult to catch in children.
The ‘Specialised Child TB Centre’ is equipped with efficient specimen collection procedures and trained staff for collection of samples. It is linked with in-house GeneXpert testing facility to make diagnosis of child TB easy.
Also, the facility will serve as a referral linkage for other public and private facilities to help in bringing more patients to this facility for better management.
“We hope this child TB facility will serve as an effective platform and help the NTP (National TB Programme) to establish more specialized child TB facilities in the country in future,” said Joseph Monehin, deputy director of the USAID Bangladesh’s population, health, nutrition and education office.
According to the WHO Global TB Report 2017, Bangladesh is one of the world's 30 high burden countries with TB.