Thirty-first session


Control of Tuberculosis in the Western Pacific Region

         The Regional Committee,

         Having reviewed the situation with regard to tuberculosis in the Western Pacific Region; *

         Realizing that tuberculosis is still one of the major health problems in many developing countries of the Region;

         Recognizing that the proper implementation of national tuberculosis control programmes, at optimal cost and in accordance with the guidelines recommended by WHO, is essential for the further reduction of tuberculosis;

  1. URGES Member States:
    (1) to make continuous efforts to maintain and improve their tuberculosis control services, particularly with respect to quality, priority being given to training, supervision and evaluation;
    (2) to allocate sufficient funds for the management of national control programmes, including drugs, personnel, equipment and supplies;
    (3) to make further efforts to convince the medical profession of the effectiveness of the standard control methods recommended by WHO, particularly the correct usage of potent vaccine, case-finding by sputum microscopy, examination of patients with respiratory symptoms, and domiciliary treatment of cases;
    (4) to develop, where appropriate, technical cooperative programmes with other Member States to promote more effective control;
  2. REQUESTS the Regional Director to continue to collaborate with Member States in collecting and disseminating information, training health workers of various categories, coordinating basic and clinical research, carrying out epidemiological and operational studies, and evaluating programmes.

* WPR/RC31/27

15 September 1980

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