TB screening vans launched by Government
The Global Fund for AIDS/HIV, Malaria and Tuberculosis works in collaboration with Provincial and National TB Control Programmes and Indus Health Network plans to launch a Mobile X-ray Vans Service in Karachi as well as in other parts of Pakistan to detect the cases of TB. The Chief Executive of Karachi Indus Hospital Professor Dr. Abdul Bari Khan said to the PPI that TB should be eliminated. The project is merely funded to fight HIV/AIDS, Malaria and TB cases and Global Fund is contributing in this primary recipient to grant the Indus Health Network Global Health Directorate.
The program is launched because of the partnership between Provincial and National TB control Program. The program is exceptionally designed to prevent, search and treat TB. It is an essential strategy, which enables to find the active patients of TB via mobile X-Ray vans. The project plans to launch the 29 x-ray vans. 14 of the vans will screen people in Karachi for TB while others who keep rotating between factories, hospitals other community settings.
The main aim is to launch the mobile vans and to detect the hidden cases of TB all over the country. The project is serving the citizens of Karachi currently and will be launched in other parts of Pakistan.
The title of the project is AAO TB MITAOwhich is working with 20 private and public hospitals in Karachi who owns improved TB diagnostics, screening and support from the Punjab and Sindh sectors. Ten TB clinics in public and private hospitals will be available in Karachi and will be active by the end of 2017. Two additional centers will be established in Sindh. However, twenty centers are planned to be established in Quetta, Peshawar, Rawalpindi and Lahore.
DR Bari told that AAO TB MITAO project is operational currently in 12 different private and public clinics for the management of TB in Karachi and other parts of Sindh and Balochistan. Expansion plans continue with the success of this project.
The project will establish a network of 50 Sehatmand Zindagi Centres all over Punjab and Sindh along with the treatment and diagnostic centers, which offer free TB care. With the success of the project, TB will be treated free of cost in many areas.