TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta: Houses of detention, penitentiaries and rehabilitation centers for illegal drugs have become the prioritized places of the collaboration of national policy of tuberculosis (TB) and HIV.
This policy is carried out by the Health Department in order to minimize TB infection to people with HIV/AIDS and to minimize HIV in TB patients.
According to the Director of Contagious Diseases Direct Control at the Health Department, Chandra Yoga Adhitama, these places become the priority because the they are prone to TB-HIV infection.
“TB infection control in these places must be the concern of medical personnel to minimize the risk of TB infection. They must collaborate with HIV ,” he said during a press conference in Jakarta, Friday (2/11).
According to Chandra, the service for TB and HIV patients must be one stop. The aim is for lowering the TB of people with AIDS. The effort is by making a collaboration mechanism between TB and HIV/AIDS programs.
He said the measure that will be taken in implementing TB is regular check-ups, strengthening the TB medication direct service and separating the patients who are undergoing intensive TB treatment.