For the first time in history, Nepal Tuberculosis Centre has started conducting a survey to collect factual data on tuberculosis patients.
The statistics show that around 44,000 new tuberculosis patients are discovered each year in the country. However, the Centre has a tentative calculation of around 58,000-60,000 new tuberculosis patients.
Why it matters:
The factual data of tuberculosis patients collected from the survey will aid in the preparation of a plan for their treatment.
What they are saying:
- The Centre Director Kedar Narsingh KC said that the survey started from Balkumari of Madhyapur Thimi from February 1 in order to collect real data of patients suffering from lung tuberculosis.
- He said that the survey has been started to find out the real conditions of tuberculosis affected people through a modern digital technology by reaching out to 57,610 people, making 99 different clusters in 58 districts, as it has been carried out as a pilot program in three districts – Bhaktapur, Sindhuli and Dolakha.
- “The survey would be carried out in additional 55 districts where 60,000 people would undergo examination through chest x-ray and cough test. A real data of tuberculosis patients would be gathered from the survey.”, said Anil Thapa, Survey Coordinator.
- The government of Nepal has provided Rs. 230 million, Global Fund has provided Rs. 170 million and Lung Health Foundation of Norway has provided Rs. 30 million for the survey.
- The sum total amounts to Rs. 430 million which is the total survey cost.
- ITA, Japan has provided technical support for the project.