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15 March, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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US envoy lauds icddr,b TB screening centre

STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka

US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R Miller visited an icddr,b tuberculosis screening centre in Dholaikhal of the capital on Wednesday, says a press release. Under the National Tuberculosis Control Programme (NTP), icddr,b is operating ten TB screening centres in Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet through an innovative sustainable social enterprise model. Of these ten centres, two are supported by USAID’s Challenge TB Project.    

Ambassador Miller was accompanied by the USAID Bangladesh Mission Director Derrick S Brown and Director of OPHNE, USAID Bangladesh Caroll Vasquez. They were welcomed by icddr,b’s Executive Director Professor John D Clemens and the Challenge TB Project’s Chief of Party Dr Oscar Cordon.

Dr Sayera Banu, senior scientist and head of programme on Emerging Infections at icddr,b briefed Miller regarding screening and treatment procedures.

The challenge to identify missing TB cases and how the social enterprise model is performing incredibly well to address this was also covered. This model is successfully providing screening and treatment services because of its flexible operational timing, subsidised digital chest X-rays and free of cost sputum GeneXpert tests allowing it to reach a broader section of the community.Ambassador Miller said  “I am honoured to visit this facility and dedicated staff. The work being done here is life saving and life changing. The US government is proud to be associated with this extraordinary programme.”

Dr Sayera appreciated Ambassador Miller’s interest in visiting a TB screening centre, she said, “Just a few weeks ahead of the World TB Day, on March 24, the ambassador’s visit to a TB screening and treatment centre will definitely provide encouragement to the entire workforce engaged in this life saving work. Additionally, it will help raise awareness about this global epidemic of tuberculosis.”    

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