TB claims 139 lives in Busia County in 2015
26 March 2016, 11:31
Busia - Tuberculosis claimed 139 lives in Busia County in 2015, County Medical Director of Health Dr Melisa Kutomia has revealed.
She said most of these cases were attributed to late screening and diagnosis which made it difficult to contain the killer pandemic.
"TB is the number four killer disease in the world and the only way to control it is to ensure regular check- ups , screening and strict adherence to medication.
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Among the victims of the pandemic included three people who developed multi-resistant TB due to failure to complete their dosage," Dr Lutomia said.
Speaking during the World TB Day commemoration at Funyula Sports Grounds in Samia, Dr Lutomia said the figure could have been lower if the victims had sought medical attention at early stage.
She disclosed that Busia being a border county, the health sector has faced challenges in treating and following up of many victims as most cross into the neighbouring country and disappear with some
returning after their conditions have deteriorated .
County Executive Committee member for Health Dr Maurice Siminyu said the County Government will work closely with the National Government through the Provincial Administration and Community Health Workers to create awareness and sensitize locals across all the seven sub counties on how to easily get help.
Dr Siminyu called on County residents to report TB cases at an early stage to save lives before it reaches acute stage.
County TB coordinator Bernard Bosire said the County registered tremendous progress in 2015 with 1,000 TB reported cases compared to 1,500 in 2014.
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