The number of Tuberculosis, TB cases in the country was reported as decreasing in in 2017, with only 240 new cases of TB recorded compared to 311 cases in 2000. Among the contributing factors is longer life expectancy in the country, resulting from effective health care and improved health among the people.
Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Dr Haji Md Isham Bin Haji Jaafar, the Minister of Health in his message in conjunction with World TB Day, said that Brunei Darussalam is very fortunate as the number of cases TB virus resistance to anti-TB drugs and TB infections among HIV patients in the country are very low. Yang Berhormat added these are the two major challenges faced by the world today. However, the Ministry of Health will continue to be proactive in ensuring the challenges will always be monitored and controlled in the country.
According to Yang Berhormat, the Ministry has focussed on the TB disease controlling strategy and actions in Brunei Darussalam to enhancing efforts in providing awareness to all parties including health professionals and the public on TB; strengthening TB Disease Refinement programme to the targeted groups; and TB patient's Treatment and Monitoring including preventing the TB virus resistance to anti-TB medicines.
In response to the World TB Day's theme 'Wanted: Leaders for a TB-free World' and in line with the Ministry of Health's main strategic priority, Health Is Everyone's Business, the Ministry urges for solid cooperation and full commitment from all stakeholders from all walks of life, including the Penghulu and heads of Village, the private sector, non-governmental bodies and relevant institutions such as education institutes to together prevent, control and eliminate TB in the country.
World TB Day is celebrated every the 24th of March with the aim to raise public awareness that T.B. is still found in many countries around the world. The World Health Organisation estimates 9 million new cases of TB can be found around the world every year. TB has caused more than one million deaths every year, the majority from the developing countries.
Source: Radio Television Brunei