By Alvin Twebaze
During Ankole sub region workshop at western Meridian Hotel in campaign” End Tuberculosis by 2030” it has been noted that in Uganda around thirty people succumb to tuberculosis infection every day.
District Health Officer Bushenyi district, Dr. Edward Twesigye has revealed that Bushenyi district loses 10 people every three months and a total of 30 people in three quarters of the year due to infectious tuberculosis disease.
Dr. Raymond Byaruhanga, the MOH representative said Tuberculosis has been considered one of the epidemics that needs to be put to an end in the whole country.
It has been established that most people take tuberculosis less serious and realize to go for diagnosis when it is too late.
The disease continuously is transmitted into the community where one infected person has chances of infecting more 25people when untraced so early.
TB is an innocently contracted epidemic from everywhere in the public, it should therefore be everyone’s role to take action and end tuberculosis in the country.
He noted that MOH is going to procure 50 digital X-rays in the currently started financial year to be distributed to districts that do not have to be able to diagnose TB among the people.
James Ndyanabo, Regional TB and Leprosy supervisor noted that there is more worry about the lung TB which is very dangerous and results to breathing complications kills 30 people every day in Uganda.
He also said that leprosy is a serious disease that people don’t take serious but last year 2022, fifty-two cases of leprosy were reported.
Ndyanabo further called upon everyone to be vigilant, participatory and report or advise any suspect of TB to go for diagnosis when it’s still early in time.
Nyakitana William (NYAKIKS) a TB survivor revealed that before diagnosis to know that he had Tuberculosis experienced loss of weight and strong cough in first place.
He adds that it was so unfortunate when he contracted TB was already on HIV/AIDS medication.
However, in six months of taking his medication for Tuberculosis later tested negative to TB.
He further urges everyone who has been diagnosed with TB infection to take medication as by doctors’ prescriptions, practice preventive measures that prevent other from getting TB.” Tuberculosis is curable”.
Together we can unite to end Tuberculosis in Uganda by 2030.