I contracted tuberculosis (TB) some 40 years ago, as did my father and older brother. Here are a few points I would like to share:
- Personal hygiene must be observed. All dishes and cutlery must be rinsed in hot/boiling water before use.
- Trace the common meal areas of patients, especially near their homes, as contaminated cutlery from food outlets can spread the disease easily.
- Make it compulsory for eateries to do hot water baths for all cutlery, utensils and dishes.
- The National Environment Agency should require eateries to provide all cutlery in a completely dry condition.
The above steps should minimise the spread of TB in our densely populated living environment.
Chiuh Seng Hiong