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Kenya 13th on list of TB burdened countries

24 July 2012, 14:23 Oduor Omondi

Kenya has been ranked number 13 out of 22 on the list of high burden Tuberculosis (TB) countries in the world and as the fifth-highest burdened in Africa.

Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) Behavioral Specialist, Vincent Obiero said that Nyanza Province contributes 20% of the country’s TB infected population.

In an interview, Obiero also added that the disease is highly infectious especially in poorly ventilated areas as it spreads through a cough.

“There are ongoing campaigns to raise awareness for this disease and we are working together with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the feedback we are receiving is positive,” he said adding that research is also ongoing at the Nyanza Provincial General Hospital in Kisumu in order to come up with an effective treatment for this disease.

Health research indicates that TB disease burden in Kenya can be attributed to high poverty levels and with the current socio-economic deprivation it is mostly evident in urban areas where there has been a phenomenal growth of slums.

A general improvement in the living conditions may be an answer to TB in the long term.

Obiero underscored that treatment for tuberculosis is free and urges anyone who suspects any symptom of this disease to seek medical attention as it can be curbed before it gets any worse.

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