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42 billion tenges allocated to treat tuberculosis in Kazakhstan

08 February, 17:49 258
42 billion tenges allocated to treat tuberculosis in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstanis, who are sick with tuberculosis, can be treated absolutely free of charge.

The state fully assumes financial responsibility for patients suffering from tuberculosis. 42 billion tenges are foreseen for their treatment from the budget this year. This was announced at the briefing in Almaty by the director of the National Scientific Center of Phthisiopulmonology of the Ministry of Healthcare of the Republic of Kazakhstan Malik Adenov, BNews.kz correspondent reports

Kazakhstan provided free access to adequate treatment of patients with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis: in 99.6% of cases, with the standard of the World Health Organization (WHO) - 85%. According to the annual WHO report, the effectiveness of treatment of this category of patients in Kazakhstan is the highest in the world and is 72.7%. The identification, prevention and treatment of tuberculosis is included in the guaranteed amount of free medical care and is completely free. Patients for the period of treatment of tuberculosis are provided with hospital sheets. After recovery, they can continue their work and social life.

"The citizen of our country who has become ill with tuberculosis does not bear any financial burden. The diagnostics, treatment and supervision are at the expense of the state. To count all the costs: from doctors' salaries, expenses for diagnostics, treatment, social assistance - this figure in the country is 42 billion tenge," Malik Adenov said.

With timely detection and adherent treatment, tuberculosis is completely cured. In Kazakhstan, the strategy of integrated tuberculosis control is implemented, according to which patients who do not isolate mycobacterium tuberculosis and do not pose a danger to others, receive outpatient treatment in polyclinics at their place of residence. In 2017, 25.1% more patients chose ambulatory treatment.

"All antituberculosis drugs are bought at the expense of the state budget, their quality is guaranteed, they are purchased abroad. At present, the country has a stock of drugs for 3-5 months, short-term treatment of tuberculosis with new drugs is being implemented in the country," the center's director said.

In March, the country will conduct an annual survey of the World Economic Forum (WEF), representatives of business structures on the impact of tuberculosis on business through questionnaires. Among the participants there are representatives of small, medium and large business. According to the results of the survey, the WEF will assess the level of literacy of the population for tuberculosis. An objective assessment by business leaders of the absence of risks of the impact of tuberculosis on business will contribute to raising the rating of the country's competitiveness and investment attractiveness.

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