on the rise in country
- Sunday Tribune - Sunday, 24 March, 2002
IPOH - Statistics show
an increase in incidence of Tuberculosis (TB) in the country, Perak Health
Director, Dr Abdul Razak Kechik said yesterday.
Since 2000 the number
of cases increased by 10 per cent throughout the country, he said.
registered a decline in incidence of TB from 1,014 in 2000 to 996 cases
for last year, the state has for the last two years recorded an increase
in incidence of infectious cases (that damage the lungs) ," he said
after launching the World TB Week 2002 event at the Ipoh General Hospital
Dr Abdul Razak said for
every 100,000 people in Perak, some 50 people were infected with the
He said although
majority of TB sufferers were from the Orang Ash, and the low income group
especially from the rural areas, the high incidence of TB is also
attributed to the increase in incidence of HIV and AIDS.
"TB used to be
dominant among the less privileged group but it is now associated with
people suffering from AIDS and diabetes," he said.
He said the department
had despatched mobile health teams to rural areas and Orang Ash
settlements to conduct health checks.
This was necessary
since Perak had a large rural population and the second largest Orang Ash
population in the country.
"Last year some 60
Orang Ash who were infected with TB were placed in hospitals and health
camps nearby," he said.