Newsletter TB no.8 / October 2016
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„Patients need to understand what TB is and to believe that they can be cured”

The numbers of Multidrug Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR) in Norway are very small, between 2 and 10 cases each year. In 2014, the total numbers of TB, including sensitive and drug resistant TB, there were 324 new cases. In comparison, in the same year, in Romania were 15.353 new cases, of which 547 were MDR, according to World Health Organization (WHO). For further information about Tuberculosis in Norway, we invited Mona Drage, deputy director with LHL International, a Norwegian organization founded by TB pacients.

Mona Drage, deputy director with LHL International
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Information, the first step in TB prevention

Tens of locals in the village of Răzvani, the town of Lehliu-Gară, Călărași County, received information about tuberculosis during the information, education and communication caravan held on 10 June 2016 by the community nurse Mariana Corina Niculae and the local sanitary mediator Beattris Mihaela Iamandi. “Have you heard about TB?” asks the loud voice of the nurse in the huge village community centre.Several women cross themselves, a villager asks if it is related to asthma, another woman asks if children who get a cold develop TB.

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Training for orderlies and nurses working with TB patients

On the 1st of March, 12 nurses and orderlies of the ”Marius Nasta” Institute of Pneumophtysiology in Bucharest participated at the training „Types of TB control measures”, organized and lectured by Dr. Cristian Popa, doctor at the medical facility.

The training brings important information which helps the hospital’s staff to be careful in the situations they are exposed to and to the measures with which they might avoid the contagion with the TB virus from the patients.

The TB illness risk at the hospital staff in the TB facilities is estimated to be 3-4 times higher than in the general population.

The nurses and orderlies, which are the most exposed personnel to this danger, because they spend much time around patients and have direct and repeated contact with them, are not specifically trained at the moment of the employment in the health facilities dealing with TB patients.

That is why dr. Popa wishes to transform this transfer in a frequent training, through which the employees of the hospitals in all the departments to be trained.

At the training, the participants were explained the TB ways of transmission, the infection sources and the solutions at hand for the protection of the hospital staff, such as the special medical respirators, education of patients regarding cough hygiene and a more strict policy for the visitors entering the hospital.

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