Health Minister Mam Bunheng on Friday appealed to tuberculosis patients to seek treatment at state hospitals instead of private ones to reduce costs.
Presenting the annual report on the tuberculosis situation in the Kingdom, Mr Bunheng urged clinics and private hospitals to refer patients to state hospitals.
He said tuberculosis is not a genetic disease, but a highly-infectious one requiring treatment for as long as six months.
Mr Bunheng noted that when patients go to a private hospital they have to spend a lot of money and often avoid seeking follow-up treatment.
“People are in the habit of seeking quick cures so they go to private clinics and stop seeking further treatment when they feel a bit better,” he said. “TB cannot be cured quickly and patients must have further treatment.”
“So, I appeal to private clinics and hospitals to refer them to state health centres or hospitals where treatment is free,” Mr Bunheng added.
He also outlined steps that should being taken by ministry officials to reduce tuberculosis cases in the Kingdom by 2030.
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