Now the patients will have the opportunity to be precisely diagnosed in 2 days instead of 2 months
Today, on April 17, 2014, at Mykolaiv Regional Anti-TB Dispensary the ceremony of opening a bacteriologic laboratory with the department for molecular genetic TB diagnostics took place. Modern equipment (automated analysers, biosafety cabinets, sedimentators, steam autoclaves, thermostats, freezing chambers etc.) and consumables for the total amount of 2.7 mln. hryvnias were purchased and supplied within the Stop TB in Ukraine Program by the joint efforts of Rinat Akhmetov’s Foundation and the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The new equipment enables to diagnose TB in the shortest possible terms – within 2 days instead of 2 months, as it was before. As a result, patients in the shortest possible terms will receive 99.98% accurate results of testing with the drug susceptibility spectrum to all anti-TB preparations and start treatment without delays under the right scheme, which is a guarantee of successful recovery from such a hard disease as TB.
Rinat Akhmetov’s Foundation opened a modern laboratory at Mykolaiv Regional Anti-TB dispensary
Taras Kremin, Head of Mykolaiv Regional Council: “Today an important event for the whole our region took place. Due to Rinat Akhmetov’s Foundation “Development of Ukraine” the Mykolaiv Regional Anti-TB Dispensary now has a modern laboratory enabling the institution to diagnose TB with less time and more quality and prescribe the right treatment schemes. Earlier, in 2012, within the Stop TB in Ukraine Program, the Foundation supplied diagnostics equipment to Mykolaiv Regional Anti-TB Dispensary as well as to laboratories of the II and III levels in Pervomaysk and Bashtanka districts. With the Foundation support, trainings were conducted for physicians – in 3 years the region has received 158 of the trained specialists”.
Natalya Nizova, Director of State Institution “Ukrainian Centre for Control over Socially Dangerous Diseases of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine: “According to data of the State Service of Ukraine in matters of fighting HIV infection/AIDS and other socially dangerous diseases, in 2013, 30,819 Ukrainians fell ill with TB. In total, 56,007 persons are on the TB patients register. In order to stop the TB epidemic in Ukraine, the state, supported by Rinat Akhmetov’s Foundation “Development of Ukraine”, established the Ukrainian Centre for Control over Socially Dangerous Diseases. This is a structure, which today does everything possible to take the epidemic under control and to create quality conditions for diagnostics and treatment in accordance with the international standards (detection of 70% of contagious TB patients and treatment of, at least, 85% of such patients – data of the WHO). The Centre will take over the control over compliance with diagnostics and treatment standards in Mykolaiv Region. With the support of the state and funds, we will assist to create similar conditions in the whole country”.
Anna Barbova, Director of the Central Reference Laboratory on Microbiological TB Diagnostics of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, pointed out laboratory features: “Due to automation of ultramodern analysers, the patient capacity of this laboratory makes up 48 samples (patients) per day, which is indicative of the express method being available for all those patients who need diagnostics. This means that from the moment of the laboratory opening 95% of patients will have the opportunity to be accurately diagnosed for drug-resistant TB within 2 days”.
“Goal of Rinat Akhmetov’s Foundation “Development of Ukraine” is to ensure the introduction of international standards of TB diagnostics and treatment in our country. Every year 25 thousand of patients need fast diagnostics in Ukraine. For them it is very important to be accurately diagnosed and start the treatment on time as this is a guarantee of successful recovery from TB. This is extremely significant for the society too, since 25 thousand of contagious patients waiting for their diagnosis (during 2 months as it was before) may infect with TB up to 50 thousand of healthy people. Fast diagnostics gives a chance to avoid it all. I would like to emphasize that the opening of this department became possible only due to the efficient public and private partnership between Mykolaiv Region and Rinat Akhmetov’s Foundation. Within the framework of implementing the Stop TB in Ukraine Program, together with the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, we allocated 2 million 700 thousand hryvnias to create this laboratory, in addition, 2 million 500 thousand hryvnias were allocated from the state budget. I believe that in fighting such a hard disease as TB we can make a success only if we join our efforts”, says Anatoliy Zabolotnyi, Director of Rinat Akhmetov’s Foundation “Development of Ukraine”.
Pavel Georgiyev, Head Physician of Mykolaiv Regional Anti-TB Dispensary: “Today, TB is not just a problem of medicine and the state but the problem of all citizens, the whole society. We are grateful to the regional authorities and Rinat Akhmetov’s Foundation “Development of Ukraine” for the support. Today our team of physicians received an instrument – molecular genetic laboratory – enabling to quickly and accurately determine what treatment should be prescribed for every patient. It is vitally important that patients should seek medical treatment whenever they discover the TB symptoms: excessive sweating in the night, weakness, groundless loss of weight, increase of the body temperature up to 37 degrees and more with no evident reason, which holds up for more than a week. When detecting at least some of the listed symptoms, you have to consult a district physician at your place of residence for TB examination”.