stop TB with DOTS

DOTS  stands for Directly Observed Treatment, Short -Course, and is an internationally recognised health care management system. The DOTS programme is a patient-centred approach that provides support by observing patients while they take their treatment and swallow their TB drugs thus ensuring that they complete their treatment. The DOTS programme also helps identify patient’s who are in the infectious stage of the disease by monitoring sputum samples under the microscope, providing effective drug treatment and monitoring the patient’s progress towards a cure. One of the aims of the TB DOTS programme is to cure 85% of all TB patients in the country by 2005. The Director of the Communicable Disease Programme in the Department of Health has predicted that the successful implementation of the DOTS programme can prevent 1.7 million new TB cases, avert 50 000 deaths, and save R2 billion by the year 2005 (Source National TB Control Programme, Department of Health Publication).

We can STOP TB

STOP stands for

Smear-positive patients
Treat for 6 months
Observed treatment
Patient-centeredness

http://www.sahealthinfo.org/tb/tbdots.htm
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