Launch of TB patients’ health discussion group
On 4 July and 19 August, 15 TB patients, registered at Health Care Center 41 in Khlong Toei, attended BE Health’s first “TB patients’ health discussion group”. The discussion was initiated by our Community Health Volunteers, because they noticed that TB patients often lack knowledge about their disease and are often in need of psychological support. To avoid transmission of infection and drug resistance, it is important that they know how to protect themselves and their relatives. But to avoid distress, sometimes despair, and therefore treatment default, TB patients require a listening ear, positive thinking and togetherness.
One contagious TB patient can actually infect up to 15 people every year if left untreated or poorly adherent to his/her medical treatment. Including patients’ education into TB case management is powerful. Patients not only learn more about the causes of their symptoms and the importance of their regular treatment, they will also better understand the impact of their illness on their family and direct environment. In addition, they are taught about the importance of treatment adherence to stop the spread of the disease and how to take care of their health once they are cured. In short, making TB patients knowledgeable about their own disease and developing a healthy mind contributes to making health contagious.