Pakistan Today (04.17.13)
Aids Weekly Plus
Pakistan is number six among the 22 high TB-risk countries, and contributes 43 percent of TB cases in the World Health Organization’s Eastern-Mediterranean region. Data reveal that the country’s TB incidence per 100,000 population is 181 cases, and the case notification rate per 100,000 population per year is 150 cases. Pakistan’s treatment success rate is 85 percent. Official sources note that the country has treated more than 700,000 TB patients free of charge, with the patients receiving all of the latest DOTS treatment methodology. The country has developed health education and training materials, and has trained all health care providers. Pakistan has implemented external quality assurance for sputum microscopy in 40 districts of the country, and has established five reference laboratories, including one at the federal level and one at the provincial level.