Newsletter TB no.7 / March 2016
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"This project contributes to the international effort to stop tuberculosis"

The impact of this project translates into better diagnostic services, better treatment, directly-observed treatment (DOT), social support and preventive interventions for epidemiologically-relevant and vulnerable groups, which in time will lead to the reduction of economic and social differences caused by TB in Romania and in the European Economic Area.

*Mr Răzvan Vulcănescu, Undersecretary of State with the Ministry of Health, coordinator of RO_19.01 – “Public Health Initiatives” Programme
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Directly observed treatment saves lives

So far, in this project, 150 patients receive directly observed treatment. In average, a DOT supporters has 1 up to 3 patients. It is not very simple, because the treatment implies travel in 3 different days to the patient, so one cannot have many patients, otherwise one wouldn’t have time to do all the work. In each of the 3 days in which the patient has to take the treatment, the worker watches the patient taking each pill in the list of treatment.

*Florin Sologiuic, working with the Center for Health Policies and Services (CHPS), partner in the project ”Improving the health of the population in Romania by increasing TB control”

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“Regardless of the form of tuberculosis, the diagnostic is always a shock”

Tuberculosis is no longer a disease of poverty but many Romanians are not yet aware of this and do not expect to become ill. The diagnostic is hard to accept for a bank manager, for example, or for a lawyer.

*Cătălina Constantin, the President of the Association for the Support of Patients with Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis
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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.

In January, one training with the same subject was organized for supervision doctors, key-personnel in the territory which monitor the TB control activities and train the medical staff.

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