Implemented by various TB Clubs under a non-governmental organization—MUKIKUTE, the campaign supports the government’s efforts that aim to root out TB cases from the country.
Speaking to this newspaper during the weekend, MUKIKUTE vice chairman Seif Mchila said that the ten-day campaigns had reached 6808 people in the wards of Keko, Azimio and Kiburugwa.
“The campaigns were funded by a Norway based-LHL International organisation. However the number of those who came out for testing was low, something which indicates that there is a need to strengthen awareness campaigns,” he said.
According to him, in Keko ward a total of 708 people were reached but only 130 people came out for TB testing whereby 10 were tested positive.
In Azimio ward, the campaign reached 2500 people with only 15 people coming forward for TB check-up and there was no one had the respiratory disease.
“We also reached 4,010 people in Kiburugwa ward where 21 people underwent TB check-up and two people tested positive.
Mchila said that all diagnosed patients had started receiving treatment under closer supervision of MUKIKUTE.
“As majority of TB patients come from poor families, we urge the government to introduce free x-ray screening so as to enable more people to access the services, some of them have been failing to seek TB checkup service due to expenses for the x-ray services,” Mchila said.
According to the Global Tuberculosis Report 2019 released by the World Health Organizsation (WHO), tuberculosis (TB) remains the single most lethal infectious disease globally, surpassing HIV/AIDS, killing some 1.6 million people annually.
In Tanzania, respiratory diseases such as TB and asthma have emerged second top killers in the country after malaria, according to the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR).
In March last year, Tanzania introduced a pediatric fixed-dose combination (FDC) treatment for Tuberculosis (TB) which offers the opportunity to improve treatment outcome and child survival in the country.