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Nairobi Residents at risk of contracting Tuberculosis

30 March 2012, 20:47 Philip Kithome

What is TB?

Tuberculosis (TB) is a respiratory disease caused by a bacterium called mycobalterium tuberculosis. This bacterium usually attacks the lungs. However if not treated well it can attack  holy parts  such as brain, spirit and kidneys T.B if not well treated and result to death.

How TB is spread

TB is an airborne disease spread through the air from one person infected with TB of the lungs or through coughing or sneezing and people nearby end up inhaling the bacteria and end up infected.

Risk factors
  • Alcoholism

  • Homelessness

  • Crowded living conditions

  • Poverty

  • Immigration from other countries

Nairobi is a home to around 4 million people and a large number of this population lives in some of the worst living conditions in the world.

This is mostly in the slums considering the risk factors Nairobi is in a very tight grip of this disease TB. Alcoholism being a TB risk factor is one of the problems experienced not only in Nairobi but in the whole of Kenya. There has been a rising trend of elicit brewing which is done in very unhygienic conditions which is a great contributor to this rising in number of new TB cases.

Homelessness is also another risk factor for TB and something which is very prevalent in Nairobi. Nowadays it is almost a norm ot find people lying around Nairobi business district completely feeling at home especially around the globe cinema flyover.

Crowded living conditions are experienced mostly in the slums like Mathare, kibera and dandora. These conditions are very instrumental in the spread of TB because of the close and almost constant contact among the infected and the uninfected power is almost the umbrella to the causes of TB because it leads to homeliness, crowded living conditions and to some extend alcoholism.

Kenya and especially Nairobi has for past couple of years experience an influx of foreign immigrant seek refuge as a result of lawlessness in their countries. These immigration have a very great potential to spread TB in the city.

This question is who is not playing their part. And are all the concerned stakeholders going to watch as people get sucked into the bottomless pit of TB.0716794825

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