Christopher Jjuuko, the Sembabule district TB and Leprosy supervisor says that they are currently witnessing a cumulative trend in the number TB occurrences reported from their communities, however with their cure rate remaining below the target.
providers in Sembabule district are concerned about the increasing number of Tuberculosis-TB
infections reported in the area.
Jjuuko, the Sembabule District TB and Leprosy Supervisor, says they are
currently witnessing a cumulative increase in the number of TB patients.
Jjuuko says that
the quarterly report from the district health department indicates that the
number of TB patients shot up to over 1,000 from 700 patients in the last two
that the affected people showed up at different health centers presenting with
Jjuuko says that while their target is to enroll 82 patients on TB
treatment per quarter, they instead diagnosed 86 patients, which makes it 105
Jjuuko say the
district is still faced with low cure rates of the disease varying between 40
to 60 percent, against the national rate of 85%.
He blames the trend to the
underlying knowledge gap within the population and poor attitude of some health
workers to attend to patients.
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their studies have also established that the communities in the area are stuck
with the irresponsible habit of spiting sputum, coupled with low hygiene levels,
which increase the risk of spreading the disease further.
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Doctor Muhammad Kawuki, the in Charge of Lwemiyaga Sub-Health
district, says many patients also abscond from TB treatment in the area and end
up developing multi drug resistant TB.
asked Ministry of Health to consider them for serious intervention such that
they can improve community awareness about the disease.
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According to the National Population-based, TB
Disease Prevalence Survey conducted between 2014/15.
TB prevalence stood at 252
cases for every 100,000 people. It also shows that there hasn’t been significant
improvement putting Uganda among the 30-high burden TB countries in the whole
The Health Ministry is currently offering TB treatment at
various facilities in a bid to wipe-out the disease 2030.
is a respiratory bacteria-causing disease that weakens the immune system of its
victims and causes eventual death.
disease manifests through sustained coughing, weakened body of patients,
damaged lungs and sometimes spreads throughout the body.