Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Policy Paper - DOTS Program and TB

The main idea for my policy paper is preventing the spread of Tuberculosis, TB, by making treatment mandatory for all infected and watching the patients physically take the medication by way of the DOTS program. The DOTS program is a program that has been in use for a while, but it is not used strictly. In the DOTS program, a nurses aid or medical person of some sort goes to the home of the TB patient and watches them take their medication. This will happen on a daily basis for the amount of time the treatment is needed. Treatment usually lasts for a minimum of six months.

The treatment needs to be supervised so that TB cannot become resistant to the drugs used to treat TB, and the effect being that more people become infected with an even worse form of TB. Treatment also needs to be mandatory so that TB will not be allowed to spread.

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