National Tuberculosis Center (NTC) has started conducting a survey to collect fact data of tuberculosis patients for the first time in its history.
The Center Director Kedar Narsingh KC said that the survey started from Balkumari of Madhyapur Thimi Thursday in order to collect real data of patients suffering from lung tuberculosis.
He said that the survey has been started finding out the real condition of tuberculosis affected people through a modern digital technology by reaching to 57,610 people making different 99 clusters in 58 districts as it has been carried out as a pilot program in three districts– Bhaktapur, Sindhuli and Dolakha.
The survey is being carried out at a cost of Rs 430 million where the government of Nepal has provided Rs 230 million, Rs 170 million from Global Fund and Rs 30 million of Lung Health Foundation of Norway. Similarly, ITA, Japan, has provided technical support for the project.
Similarly, Survey Coordinator Anil Thapa said that the survey has been started formally from Bhaktapur.
Thapa added the survey would be carried out in additional 55 districts where 60,000 people would undergo examine of chest x-ray and cough test. A real data of tuberculosis patients would be find out from the survey, said Thapa.
It is said that the fact data of tuberculosis patients would be carried out from the survey and it would help prepare a plan to make the treatment easy and effective.
Although there is a statistics that around 44,000 new tuberculosis patients discovered every year in the country, the center has tentative calculation of around 58,000-60,000 new tuberculosis patients.