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National Tuberculosis Control Programme

The National Tuberculosis Control Programme was established to provide optimum health care to patients suffering from chest conditions and tuberculosis using a holistic approach with the highest standard of professionalism, respect and courtesy without prejudice.

Services provided are as follows:
  • TB Diagnostic Serivces:
    1. Sputum microscopy
    2. Mantoux testing
    3. Sputum Xpert MTB-Rif test
    4. Chest X-ray and CT scans
    5. Bronchoscopy, lung and pleural biopsy services
  • TB Treatment Services:
    Treatment for
    1. Pulmonary
    2. Extra-pulmonary and
    3. Drug-resistant TB
  • TB Follow-up Services:
    Follow-up for
    1. Patients on treatment and after treatment
    2. Patients lost to follow-up (defaulters)
  • TB Preventive Services:
    1. Pre-placement, periodic, TB suspect and contact TB screening;
    2. Prophylactic treatment for latent TB infection; and
    3. Health education to the public.
  • Medical Education and Research:
    1. Training the undergraduate and postgraduate medical students about TB;
    2. Epidemiological and clinical studies on TB in Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Training and Supervision:
    1. Continuous training for TB program staff members about TB management and
    2. Surveillance of quality of the TB management services.
  • Recording and Reporting:
    1. Notifying all TB cases; recording and reporting the national TB burden quarterly and annually
  • Collaborations:
    1. The University of the West Indies regarding education and research;
    2. National HIV program about the treatment of TB/HIV patients and TB screening for all HIV infected individuals.
    3. National prison services - TB screening for people in congregate settings especially prisons.
    4. T&T Police service and the courts to enforce the TB act for the treatment defaulters and difficult to contain patients.
    5. TB screening for patients who need immunosuppressive therapy for organ transplants, cancers and autoimmune conditions by collaborating with the respective national organizations/ specialities;
    6. PAHO/ WHO - regarding national TB burden, TB program operations, and training;

TB outpatient services are available at Chest Clinics – EWMSC, SWRHA, Arima and TRHA.

TB inpatient services are available at Caura Hospital, NCRHA.

Contact information:
Thoracic Medical Director
Caura Hospital
Caura Royal Road
El Dorado
Telephone: (868)-645-9834
Fax           : 645-9834
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