HCM CITY (VNS) — The public-private-mix (PPM) models in HCM City have contributed significantly to the control of tuberculosis in the city, experts said.
Last year PPM models helped detect more than 12,600 TB cases confirmed by positive smears of sputum, accounting for 18.5 per cent of the total TB cases in the city, said Dang Minh Duong, doctor from Pham Ngoc Thach Pulmonary Tuberculosis Hospital.
The models also helped receive more than 2,200 TB patients for treatment as well as detect 19 per cent of sources of infection last year, Duong said at a conference held yesterday in the city.
The models, which were launched in 2009, include referring people with presumptive TB to the national tuberculosis programme (NTP) network for testing, diagnosis and treatment.
The strong partnership of private and public hospitals, clinics and pharmacies resulted in early detection of people with presumptive TB. They were referred to national tuberculosis facilities for diagnosis and treatment, he said.
The PPM model in which people with presumptive TB are referred to the NTP network will be scaled up to all districts in the city between 2013 and 2016, said Phan Thanh Liem, doctor from Pham Ngoc Thach Pulmonary Tuberculosis Hospital.
|Since 2011 the PPM for TB control, with technical assistance from PATH, a catalyst for global health, has been implemented in districts 8, Binh Chanh, Binh Tan and Thu Duc in HCM City.—( Illustrative image) Photo: thst.vn
Eleven private and public hospitals and clinics will also be assisted to conduct testing and treatment for TB patients during the period, Liem said.
Viet Nam ranks 12 out of 22 countries with high burden of tuberculosis (TB) and ranks 14 out of 27 countries with a high burden of multidrug-resistant TB, according to Nguyen Tan Binh, director of HCM City's Department of Health.
More than 100,000 TB patients receive treatment nationwide every year. Patients in HCM City account for 13-15 per cent, Binh said.
Private pharmacies and clinics are often the first point of contact for people with TB, accounting for 30 per cent of diagnosed cases, although the national tuberculosis programme which offers free treatment for TB patient, has covered all public hospitals and clinics nationwide, he said.
Since 2011 the PPM for TB control, with technical assistance from PATH, a catalyst for global health, has been implemented in districts 8, Binh Chanh, Binh Tan and Thu Duc in HCM City.
The programme detects presumptive TB early. Under the programme, medical services at private clinics and pharmacies refer patients with presumptive TB to NTP facilities for diagnosis and treatment, he said. —VNS