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Govt embarks on fight against the spread of TB

25 March 2014, 09:19 Harrison Mbungu

Mombasa - The government has embarked on a fight against the spread of TB through the county governments.

Health cabinet secretary, James Macharia has said through the health ministry docket, the central government will work closely with county governments to facilitate and ensure that proper and quality health services are offered to the people.

Macharia who was speaking at Portrietz hospital in Mombasa County during the marking of world TB day, said the government intends to decentralize health services by building five regional culture laboratories in all 47 counties nationally.

“I wish to inform Kenyans that the ministry will continue developing technical support to county governments to ensure that quality health care is offered," said Macharia.

He emphasized that the state will continue partnering with other international partners to roll out new international health technologies which will enhance efficiency in the fight against TB.

At the same time, USAID has launched a new TB program for Kenya worth KES 3.5 billion to support the health ministry in its fight against TB.

The United States ambassador, Robert Godec who also accompanied by other leaders in the launch said the US government will continue with its support by partnering with the Kenyan government and other local partners to control the spread of TB.

The government however has stated that more achievements have been reached for the last five years  with 25 percent of TB cases being cured.

Kenya, according to the latest WHO report is ranked 16th among the 22 countries leading with TB infections internationally. This year’s annual theme is to reach the unreached, fight, treat and cure tuberculosis.

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