The Tuberculosis (TB) and Hansen's Disease Clinic - also known as the Chest Clinic or TB clinic - focuses predominantly on the treatment of those with active TB, as well as their primary and secondary contacts on Saipan, Tinain, and Rota. Effective implementation of TB prevention and control utilizes active partnerships with private clinics through referrals, continual public education and outreach, contact investigation, directly observed therapy (DOT), and the robust screening and testing capability of the CHCC.
The mission of our program is to reduce the burden and impact of TB, particularly drug resistant TB, in our community, with a vision of a TB free CNMI.
- Assessment and screening of walk-in clients and referrals from the hospital and private clinics
- TB diagnosis through Tuberculin Skin Testing (PPD) and medical laboratory or x-rays
- PPD testing for the community through outreach
- Community education on TB prevention
- Home Directly Observed Therapy (H-DOT) and Clinic Directly Observed Therapy, as treatment for both active and latent TB
- Hansen’s Disease (HD) screening and diagnosis