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Not only the Dutch government has cut millions, but happened in the entire western world, due to the crisis. We have made preparations, and we have calculated what the minimal fundings should be.
Worldwide we need 20 billion dollars, and we only have 11 billion dollars.
1. The first thing that must be done is to make sure that as many as possible of the infectious persons in the population are discovered in the early stages by means of Mass X-ray examination, and for all these sufferers to be able to receive modern treatment, quickly and efficiently, with the minimum of discomfort, and without any cost to themselves (for this is a community disease and the community should pay). It must be realised that the treatment of the Tuberculosis patient by modern drugs can often render them non-infectious and this is to the benefit of the community as much as to the benefit of the patient. It is therefore in the interest of public health that this treatment should be completely free even when given at home.
Thus each year there would be fewer and fewer infectious persons walking about unaware that they are a source of danger to their own and other people's health. This is a very important first step.
2. The second thing is to make every effort to prevent people from falling sick with this disease in the first place. So, we shall have to take drastic steps to get rid of the bad, damp, insanitary houses, the low wages, inadequate pay, industrial fatigue, the worry about the future, and especially the fear about slump and war. All these things - these blots on our way of life-must become a thing of the past. If we falter in this task we are helping to perpetuate Tuberculosis-wasting money on treatment as well as wasting lives. For prevention of this disease requires a great increase in the housing programme, full employment and a rising standard of living for all. Money spent in this way is a sound investment from the point of view of Health and the National Budget.
So really everyone of us is vitally concerned as individuals, as well as citizens, in some way or another. In this problem we just cannot afford to leave it to the Doctors, the Officials, or the Government, however wonderful their promises or intentions may be. Both as possible future victims and also as fighters in this great campaign for the final defeat of this, the last great infectious disease of our time, the responsibility is YOURS, and OURS, ALL OF US.
Tuberculosis cases have hit their highest levels in the UK for 30 years, according to official figures published today.
Last year there were 9,040 TB cases in the UK, said the Health Protection Agency. A total of 8,621 people were infected in 2008. TB campaigners said the rise in the number of cases was shocking and called for more work to alert people, including doctors, to the possibility of infection.
Concern is also growing about the rise in drug-resistant cases spreading around the world. Cases where the disease does not respond to the commonly used antibiotics take longer than the usual six months to treat and require more expensive drugs. The number of drug-resistant infections has nearly doubled in a decade from 206 in 2000 to 389 in 2009. Cases resistant to more than one antibiotic (multi-drug resistant) have gone up from 28 in 2000 to 58 in 2009. Multi-drug resistant TB can require treatment lasting as long as 18 months.
Do you know of any alternative treatments for TB? I've worked a lot with essential oils, vitamins, minerals and herbs, but I've not looked into any treament for this that would be outside of the standard treatment
Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (or Bacille Calmette-Guérin , BCG ) is a vaccine against tuberculosis that is prepared from a strain of the attenuated (weakened) live bovine tuberculosis bacillus, Mycobacterium bovis , that has lost its virulence in humans by being specially cultured in an artificial medium for years. The bacilli have retained enough strong antigenicity to become a somewhat effective vaccine for the prevention of human tuberculosis. At best, the BCG vaccine is 80% effective in preventing tuberculosis for a duration of 15 years; however, its protective effect appears to vary according to geography.