National Programme for Tuberculosis Control & Chest Dseases
Respiratory disease control activities carried out by the three district chest clinics. Chest Clinic, Galle is headed by a consultant chest physician and functions as the provincial chest clinic. Matara and Hamabantota chest clinics are manned by the district Tuberculosis (TB) control officers. Inward facilities for TB patients are available at base hospital Udugama. All TB patients who need inward care from the whole province have to come to BH, Udugama. There are no separate inward facilities for the other respiratory patients. Consultant chest physician is managing those patients through the other medical wards in the secondary and tertiary care institutions. Tuberculosis control activities are done according to the national policy, case finding and treatment being the main strategy. Case finding is done giving priority to sputum examination at chest clinics and through microscopy centres in primary and secondary care institutions. All diagnosed TB patients are registered at district chest clinics and directly observed treatment is arranged in health care facilities nearest to their place of residence. Medical officers of health are notified about the patients reported from their respective areas at the time of registration to monitor the treatment and to follow up for two years.