Tuberculosis Control Program
The Tuberculosis (TB) Control Program was established in the early 1990's by Medical Services Branch of Health Canada due to the high prevalence of tuberculosis in Sioux Lookout Zone First Nation communities. It was then transferred to the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority on April 1, 1997.
The SLFNHA TB Program utilizes the best/promising practices in tuberculosis control and management, as outlined by the current "Canadian Tuberculosis Standards, 7th Edition."
The Program Mandate is to reduce the incidence of tuberculosis in Sioux Lookout Zone First Nations Communities through case and contact management, education, surveillance, awareness and prevention.
The TB Control Program offers services through TB Nurses and TB Educators.
Services offered and delivered by the TB Nurses:
- TB case finding and case treatment, in partnership with community physician and community health care providers
- Educate and support patients hospitalized with TB
- Liaise with consultants & federal, provincial and inter-provincial TB Control partners.
- Provide direction and assist with therapy and contact tracing
- Support and facilitate Directly Observed Therapy (DOT)
- Provide orientation, support and ongoing TB education to Physicians, Nurses, CHRs, Health Directors, other health care providers and community members.
- Maintain and update the TB database
- Chest x-ray report and lab report surveillance
- Prepare program reports and update community profile data
Services offered and delivered by the TB Educator:
- Provide education to Chief and Councils, Health Directors, Community Health Nurses, Community Health Representatives, Community members, cases and their contacts and other Health Care Workers
- Educate and support hospitalized TB patients
- Maintain TB resource library with education material available to all First Nations communities in the SL Zone
- Provide community education using community radio/TV, local newsletter, school programs, and community workshops
- Assist TB nurse(s) during community visits with screening, and follow-up activities
- Assist frontline workers in communities with medication compliance, heavy work loads related to outbreak, investigation and/or treatment, conduct home visits as required
- Witness Directly observed Therapy (DOT) for clients as required
- Work with community-based, on and off community health staff
- Incorporate community feedback into future community-based programs and initiatives
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