Ssali, who is also a Global Public Health specialist, says Ugandan citizens have been turned into clients whose access to healthcare is determined by their own ability to pay, their location and socio-economic status.
Prossy Namaganda, the in -charge of Bwendero Health Centre III, Mugoye Sub County says the laboratory facility in the area presents threats which are easily transmitted to the Laboratory Assistants and technicians handling the tuberculosis cases.
The centre will offer free HIV testing and Anti-retroviral therapy treatment, counselling, peer education, safe male circumcision; psychosocial support services; information on HIV, Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Tuberculosis.
Uganda is 16th out of the 22 high burden countries with the highest number of TB cases in the world. Statistics from the Ministry of Health indicate that about 4,000 people die annually from the disease.
Elioda says Government with support from the center for disease control CDC and Global Fund will by the end of this year purchase more 48 Gene Expert Machines in addition to the 74 currently deployed in over 30 districts.
The number of people suffering from Tuberculosis -TB in Mbale district is increasing with a total of 1, 034 new cases registered this year alone, according to Constance Mubuya, the District TB Focal Person. Dr Francis Adatu, National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Programmes Manager, says the Uganda government allocates only Shs 18 million for TB care and treatment in the country, which is not enough to cater for the of new cases.
The report states that children under 3-years of age and those with severe malnutrition or immune systems compromised by HIV and other diseases are at greatest risk of developing TB often transmitted by infected parents or care givers.