496 TB cases detected in Qatar last year: Official

March 23, 2014 - 6:47:34 am
Medical practitioners listening to a speaker during the seminar.

DOHA: The prevalence of tuberculosis has been reduced in the country, with only 496 cases reported last year, said a senior official at the Supreme Council of Health (SCH). 

Among the cases only 216 were diagnosed with lung tuberculosis and as few as nine Qataris were found having the disease, said Dr Abdul Latif Al Khal, Director of the National Programme to Combat Tuberculosis, addressing a seminar. 

The seminar was held by the SCH in collaboration with Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), for 120 doctors from various health institutions.

Seminar was held as World Tuberculosis Day falls tomorrow. Many lectures, meetings will be held to create awareness about the disease. Prevention methods will be printed in leaflets and distributed among public. 

The National Programme to Combat Tuberculosis in Qatar is among the most successful national programmes in the region where it provides better medical and nursing services, free medicines as well as all laboratory analysis, said Dr Al Khal. 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) launched a global call for the discovery and treatment and to achieve healing for all TB patients, where the organisation explained that among the nine million people in the world infected with TB every year, one-third of them as many as three million are not aware that they have the disease. 

World Tuberculosis Day is a worldwide event that aims to raise public awareness of tuberculosis and the efforts made to prevent and treat this disease.

The Peninsula