Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Updated Guidelines to Improve Tuberculosis Control


Updated Guidelines to Improve Tuberculosis Control in New Zealand

Latest guidelines on tuberculosis produced by the Ministry of Health are intended to help control the disease in New Zealand, the authors of the report said today.

The new document posted on the web this week, Guidelines for Tuberculosis Control in New Zealand 2003, provides the latest information to frontline health workers, laboratories and clinics on the best ways to treat someone who has been exposed to or diagnosed with TB.

They were edited by Dr Lester Calder, an Auckland Medical Officer of Health, and Dr Adrian Harrison, a chest physician and TB specialist at Greenlane Hospital.

"Since 1996, when the previous guidelines were produced by the Ministry of Health, an enormous amount of literature has been published on TB treatment and prevention," said Dr Adrian Harrison.

"The new guidelines reflect those developments in controlling TB. They will give health workers the latest information on the disease and its treatment."

For example in recent years, one of the major problems in controlling TB has been the evolution of new strains that are resistant to some antibiotics.

"The World Health Organisation recognises that these new strains threaten efforts for worldwide control of the disease. Given a course of treatment can last up to two years, and the need to control TB resistance, it is obviously important that patients take the full course of drugs," said Dr Harrison.

"The new material in the guidelines outlines procedures for situations where treatment should be supervised, and where doses are missed the Medical Officer of Health is to be notified."

Other recommendations include tightening screening for those coming into the country for an extended period, and a checkup of all new prison inmates to ensure prompt treatment if they have TB.

"These issues are already being looked at by the Corrections and Immigration departments." said Dr Lester Calder.

"For example, last week the Government announced a combined Ministry of Health and Department of Corrections trial screening for communicable diseases at Christchurch prison. This will include identifying and treating tuberculosis."

"Also the Government is already considering tightening the rules around screening TB for inbound travellers and migrants," said Dr Calder.

There will also be a guidelines summary available early next year for primary care professionals such as GPs, to assist them in diagnosing, treating and preventing TB.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Another Reason To Loathe HR Departments (And On The Teachers Strike)

This morning’s news item about Police emergency call centre staff turning up for work while they’re sick – because they’re afraid their sick leave statistics will be used against them, and their jobs put in jeopardy – is not an isolated case...

Obviously, sick people shouldn’t be being treated by doctors and nurses who are themselves sick and potentially infectious. Similarly, Police emergency calls also need to be fielded by people who’re feeling alert, and on top of their game. More>>

 
 

MPs' Computers To Be Searched: Inquiry Into Leak On Simon Bridges' Expenses

An inquiry has been launched to find out who leaked the National Party's expenses to the media... Parliament's speaker, Trevor Mallard, said a Queen's Counsel would lead the inquiry with the help of an employment lawyer and also someone with forensic IT skills. More>>

ALSO:

Teachers Strike: Nationwide Rallies And Marches

Teachers and principals voted for a full day strike to be held on 15 August to send a strong message to the Government that the current collective agreement offers from the Ministry of Education would not fix the crisis in teaching. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: City Council Ends Its Support For Jackson’s Movie Museum

The Wellington City Council and the Movie Museum Limited have today announced a mutually-agreed parting of the ways for a joint project between the Council’s Convention Centre and TMML’s Movie Museum... Both parties remain optimistic for the future of their respective projects. More>>

Pay Equity: Historic Settlement For Education Support Workers

The New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) and the Ministry of Education today signed Terms of Settlement to address a pay equity claim for 329 support workers who work with very young children in early childhood and primary schools. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Stereotypes About Jacinda Ardern

Routinely, female politicians get depicted as either show ponies or battle axes, with little room for anything else in between. .. More>>

Weekend Interviews: "Discriminatory And Racist" Aussie Deportations

The former president of Australia’s Human Rights Commission Gillian Triggs says deportations have risen dramatically in Australia since 2014 when ministers and ministerial delegates were given the power to cancel visas - and half of those being deported are New Zealanders. "These are massive numbers, actually escalating dramatically."... More>>

ALSO:

Legal Challenge: Prisoner Has 9 Boxes Of Documents Seized

Human rights organisation People Against Prisons Aotearoa says a prisoner they advocate for has had 9 boxes of legal documents seized from him just days before his case against the Department of Corrections was to be heard. More>>

Single-Use Plastic Bags: Govt To Phase Them Out

Single-use plastic shopping bags will be phased out over the next year, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage announced today. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages