About 60,000 people die every year on Pakistan because of Tuberculosis primarily due to the poor TB management and improper medical care, and Pakistan is rated at number 7 in the comity of nations on the TB chart.
This was stated by Head Pulmonology Department Shaikh Zayed Hospital Dr. Nazim Bokhari, while addressing a seminar on TB management here on Tuesday in connection with the World TB Day.
While describing the magnitude of the TB problem in detail, he also told that 85 percent of the population was exposed to the tuberculosis. "Almost 85 percent of adult population in this country has been infected and more than 1.2 million people in Pakistan have active disease. About 60,000 patient die every year due to TB in Pakistan in spite of the fact that TB is still a curable disease," he said, while adding that in world ranking among high TB burden countries Pakistan owing to the poor TB control in Pakistan.
He maintained that proper training of doctors was essential "so that adequate medications are prescribed, proper follow up is arranged and patient education is given a priority. On a national level, TB can be controlled if DOTS strategy is implemented in its true spirit," he added.
Dean Shaikh Zayed Hospital Prof. Anwaar A. Khan lauded the efforts of Pulmonology Department for organising continuous medical education programmers for the junior doctors. Large number of doctors from various specialities attended the clinical conference.