The Harare City Council City Health Department has received close to US$500 million from Stop TB Partnership and the money is expected to be channeled towards the decentralisation of tuberculosis treatment beginning next year.
The decentralisation of tuberculosis to the 12 city council clinics in the capital will see TB patients receiving treatment and medication at their local clinics, which are going to be equipped with laboratory equipment for testing and screening of the disease.
Harare City Council City Health Department Director, Dr Stanley Mungofa said the US$500 million will ensure that the decentralisation will begin in January next year.
â€œWe have received US$500 million from our partners and we are happy that our programme of decentralising the treatment is going according to plan. The move is going to see patients receiving treatment and attention from health officials and we are going to follow up on patients,â€ said Dr Mungofa.
Currently, Wilkins and Beatrice Infectious Disease hospitals are the only centers treating tuberculosis in the capital and the 2 institutions are usually overwhelmed by the number of people seeking treatment from all the suburbs.
Tuberculosis is an infectious disease that affects the lungs, the central nervous system and the circulatory system.
Its symptoms include unexplained weight loss, tiredness, fatigue, shortness of breath, fever, night sweats, chills, and loss of appetite.
Symptoms specific to the lungs include coughing that lasts for 3 or more weeks, coughing up blood, chest pain, and pain with breathing or coughing.