Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis in a foreign resident visa holder and implications of a growing inbound migrant flow to Sri Lanka
K Wickramage ,
Public Health Specialist
Head, Health Programs
International Organization for Migration
24 Police Park Ave, Colombo 5., LK
Director, GFATM Project, Ministry of Health and Deputy Director, National Programme for Tuberculosis Control & Chest Diseases, LK
Public health specialist and Senior Programs Coordinator, International Organization for Migration, LK
Consultant Microbiologist, National Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory, LK
District Tuberculosis Control Officer, Matara, LK
NOTE: The initials of the first author of this paper were changed from 'KI' to 'K' on 30th August 2013.
We present a case of an international labour migrant worker from India who acquired multiple-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) as a result of poor treatment compliance throughout his work and travel history. The travel to Sri Lanka was made under the resident visa scheme. Currently there are no mandatory health assessment requirements for inbound migrants such as resident visa holders to Sri Lanka. The diagnosis of MDR-TB was made at a district level chest clinic and the National Tuberculosis Program (NTP). This is the first documented case of MDR-TB in a foreign born migrant worker in Sri Lanka. The volume of resident visa applicants and foreign migrant workers to Sri Lanka from high TB burden countries has increased dramatically over the past five years. We examine the rationale and public health impact for undertaking a health assessment of the growing numbers inbound migrant workers to Sri Lanka from high TB burden countries.
Sri Lankan Journal of Infectious Diseases 2013; Vol.3(2):31-36
How to Cite:
Wickramage, K., Samaraweera, S., Peiris, S., Elvitigala, J. and Patabendige, D., 2013. Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis in a foreign resident visa holder and implications of a growing inbound migrant flow to Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan Journal of Infectious Diseases, 3(2), pp.31–36. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljid.v3i2.5286
01 Jul 2013.