The Deputy Director-General of the Department of Disease Control MD Somsak Akhasilp spoke on the World TB Day 2014, saying that Thailand was one in 22 countries worldwide with a high number of TB patients.
There were around 20,000 TB patients in Thailand who did not have access to the public health system. Over 2,300 of them were foreign workers and 1,750 inmates, the doctor said.
The department has set plans to urgently search for TB patients, treat them correctly and prevent drug-resistant TB with the goals to decrease the fatality rate in Thailand to 5% and make sure that all TB patients have access to drugs.
According to MD Somsak, the theme of the celebration revolves around HM the King who has supported anti-TB activities in Thailand for more than 60 years. The target groups of this year’s activities include TB at-risk people such as public transport drivers, the elderly, the disabled and inmates.