Tuberculosis (TB) still represents the leading cause of death due to a single infectious agent. It is a resurgent disease in most regions of the world, particularly in non-developed and developing countries
Today TB, together with Malaria and HIV/AIDS, represents one of the major health related burdens for the O&G Industry. Being preventable it is also a challenging health related issue.
Many countries have developed their own National Tuberculosis Programs, and it is with these programs that O&G industry, together with NGOes has to interact and develop its specific prevention programs. But how and to which extent? How to manage the sick or TB positive employee? How to screen the employees and possible contacts? Which actions to undertake in case of a sickness being detected in the field?
To answer at the above questions, and many other related to TB, OGP/IPIECA created a task force with a scope of preparing and issuing a guiding document that will help the Managers and supervisors in O&G industry to manage Tuberculosis. The document is not a new textbook of tuberculosis, but a simple guideline for prevention and management of the disease in field operations and their practical implementation.
The document was published in 2010. Its’ main chapters are: The importance of effective TB management; Relevance to O&G facilities; Clinical aspects of tuberculosis; Workplace programmes for TB management; and Appendices. These last ones, five of them, are giving the concrete guidelines on TB detection, Development of TB program, and Responding to a suspected case
Being TB a serious health burden to O&G operations OGP/IPIECA issued a document to help and support the Management in coping with all the aspects of this disease. The document has the ambition to become the reference point for the industry on this issue.