Health and wellness
There was a dramatic increase in tuberculosis cases in Greenland from 1990 to 1997, which hit small isolated settlements, and affected primarily young adults and children. The rise in TB persists and this week researchers said one in 10 Greenlandic children have TB. Dr Åse Bengård, of the Epidemiology Department at Copenhgen's Rigshospital, told the Newspaq news agency that said government measures such as changing the national strategy for combating tuberculosis and increasing the number of health professionals available to treat children has had an effect. Bengård pointed out that a part of the new treatment effort was a screening to find TB carriers. That process, she said, could take a long time, and she cautioned against expecting that infection rates would fall immediately. "This can take a number of years. This isn't something you can change from one day to the next."
Posted 18 March 2008; 9:06:21 PM. Permalink