Soaring Tuberculosis Burden Worrying Sembabule Health Workers

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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.
Medical personnel sensetizing a patient in a recent Massive TB treatment camp in Masaka

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Health services providers in Sembabule district are concerned about the increasing number of Tuberculosis-TB infections reported in the area.    

Christopher 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 quarters.  

He explains that the affected people showed up at different health centers presenting with TB symptoms. 

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 percent.

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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Jjuuko says 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.

Kawuki has 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 world.

The Health Ministry is currently offering TB treatment at various facilities in a bid to wipe-out the disease 2030. 

Tuberculosis is a respiratory bacteria-causing disease that weakens the immune system of its victims and causes eventual death. 

The disease manifests through sustained coughing, weakened body of patients, damaged lungs and sometimes spreads throughout the body.