Monday, 18 May 2015


Recent world disasters have highlighted a health problem that is so obvious yet scarcely thought about.

It is that people trapped by landslides and building collapses caused by earthquakes may be prevented from taking their daily doses of TB medicine and/or antiretroviral drugs.

So the death toll of a disaster may be increased by sick people dying from not keeping up with their daily medicine. Rescuers need to have supplies of drugs to make available to people unable to have access to such medication.

It may already be too late if they have been isolated for several days either buried under the ground or lost at sea.

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