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A rollercoaster battle against tuberculosis

Priska Siagian

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Mon, June 24, 2019  /  04:26 pm
A rollercoaster battle against tuberculosis

Paran Saramita. (-/Priska Siagian.)

As a tropical country with abundant sunshine, one would think Indonesia would not have any problems with Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacteria that causes tuberculosis (TB), as sunshine is supposed to kill it. However, according to a recent global report by the World Health Organization (WHO), Indonesia ranks third for the highest number of TB patients in the world after India and China. The distribution of tuberculosis (TB) cases worldwide, including 558,000 cases of multi-drug resistant TB cases, in 2017. (AFP/John Saeki) TB is an airborne disease, and, therefore, spreads very easily. When a TB sufferer coughs, sneezes or spits, they propel the bacteria into the air, and through this medium it can infect others in the area. On the other hand, this disease is also very easy to cure with proper treatment. “Patients just need to take the medication exactly as prescrib...