Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis is an extremely threatening disease for an individual and a country to contract. TB patients in the Central Asia Region are ten times more likely to have MDR-TB than rest of the world (1). Uzbekistan especially should address their alarming rates of MDR-TB infection and the conditions that cause them. An effective TB treatment and surveillance program, such as DOTS, along with MDR-TB specific programs like DOTS-plus offer the most reliable course towards MDR-TB reduction. Yet the characteristics of Uzbekistan and the difficult nature of TB and MDR-TB treatment make MDR-TB reduction a challenging but necessary task.
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[...] Combating MDR-TB is essential for improving the health status in Uzbekistan, and although Uzbekistan does not offer a solid foundation to build an intervention on, MDR-TB control and treatment must be implemented to assure that the country's health does not continue to decline at such perilous rates. Endnotes: Schoenemann, Thomas. “Drug Resistant Tuberculosis Levels Ten Times Higher in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.” World Health Organization. Geneva: 16 Mar Nov 2004.
[...] Uzbekistan should make efforts to enhance the skills, supplies, and training of healthcare workers for both tuberculosis and multidrug- resistant TB care. The facilities already in place to aid TB control should be utilized and maximized to their potential. Increasing funding, availability of drug stocks, and awareness of needs to outside alliances should be high priorities as well. Since MDR-TB is essentially preventable, Uzbekistan's vision should reflect their desire to reduce MDR- TB infections to as minimal an amount as possible. [...]
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