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What I Learned In Tuberculosis Seminar

Most and foremost of all, tuberculosis can be cure. This is what the speaker from Department of Health said in her presentation today in the training held for the villages health workers in our city.

The health department targets to reduced the patients with tuberculosis or TB by 90 percent by the year 2016. In our city, I learned that 185 were given proper assistance and medicine for their curing period. This year, our city has more than 130 as of the month of October.

The TB disease can be mostly detected by sputum laboratory examination. But finding them is hard becaus patients would rather hide than submitting themselves to voluntary free medication from the health department.

As I understand, patients who are undergoing treatment should never stop drinking their medicine. Once they stop, it will be more difficult because they will start again to the new medication. There are patients who develop immunity in the TB medicines and they need another kind of medicine.

I got a lot of information in the seminar. I am not really a participant but a gatecrasher to do my job and not as a listener to the seminar.

I was educated today with the disease. No, I am no TB patient.

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tinamarie wrote on November 20, 2014, 8:41 AM

When my Grandfather passed in 1967 he has in-active TB, I would assume at that time he was being treated. It wasn't the TB that caused his death, he developed lung cancer.

facenorth wrote on November 20, 2014, 9:00 AM

I'm not really sure if TB can be treated in 1967, but I guess the lung cancer could be from aggravated TB

melody23 wrote on November 20, 2014, 1:22 PM

There is a vaccine against TB, I had to have it before I could start my nurse training. You are right, it can be treated but prevention is much better than cure.

marialy18 wrote on November 20, 2014, 5:08 PM

It is good to attend some informative seminars so to acquire new knowledge.The country is serious in helping those who have respiratory disease

Ruby3881 wrote on December 1, 2014, 3:16 AM

We were routinely tested for TB with a chest x-ray and PPD, but I was never offered the BCG vaccine when I worked in the hospital in the 80s. I think they'd stopped using it in most of Canada by then.

Ruby3881 wrote on December 1, 2014, 3:18 AM

My grandmother died of TB in the 1940s. By the 60s when my mother-in-law contracted it, I think treatment was more effective. Today the main worry is the strains that are resistant to the medication.

melody23 wrote on December 1, 2014, 7:22 AM

It used to be given to every child over here, either at birth or high school, but I was ill when they were given out. they stopped giving it routinely a while ago and now only high risk people are given it, healthcare workers, people with a family history of TB and people who either themselves or a parent were born in a high risk country mostly. I took a terrible reaction to my BCG, I was really ill and I had a big pus-filled lump in my arm for weeks after it. I still have a much larger scar than most people who have it.