Journal of Public Health: From Theory to Practice (2018) 26:163–175 DOI 10.1007/s10389-017-0838-8 ORIGINAL ARTICLE A retrospective study to investigate the impact of immigration on tuberculosis control program by DOTS strategy in Gazan Province, Saudi Arabia 1 2 3 Sarvath Ali & M. B. Rao & Ahmed Ahmed Sahly & 3 3 Abdul-Aziz Mohammed Saleh Alfageeh & Abdulrahman Bakari Received: 7 February 2017 /Accepted: 18 September 2017 /Published online: 9 October 2017 Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany 2017, corrected publication January/2018 Abstract is far below the WHO goal of 85%. After multiple imputa- Background Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease, which tions, the cure rate is 91.7%. is a significant global public health concern. The use of direct- Conclusions Increasing number of migrants into low preva- ly observed therapy of short course (DOTS) is the strategy lence countries may affect TB epidemiology. In view of the recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) to huge gap, 67 versus 91.7% in the cure rates, we firmly recom- cure TB. In this paper, the effectiveness of the DOTS is mend that health and immigration authorities in SA work to- assessed using data collected in 2014 from the Gazan gether to see that TB treatment
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Published: Oct 9, 2017
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