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TB claims 139 lives in Busia County in 2015

26 March 2016, 11:31 Jayne Zack

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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