tuberculosis.jpgThe Harare City Council city health department says it will commence treatment of tuberculosis at all its clinics dotted around the capital on the 1st of January next year, following the success of a pilot project at Mabvuku Polyclinic.

Wilkins and Beatrice Infectious Disease Hospitals are the other medical institutions in Harare which treat TB.
Director for city health department, Dr Stanley Mungofa said the move to decentralise TB treatment was taken after council noted the overwhelming number of people seeking treatment.


“We have been monitoring our two infectious disease hospitals and we observed that TB patients were coming in large numbers and some of them were failing to get treatment due to lack of transport fees. We therefore decided to carryout a pilot project and it was a success, so starting from next year we are decentralizing,” Dr Mungofa said.


Besides TB treatment, HIV counseling and testing will also be carried out at these clinics.


Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease that is caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis.


It primarily affects the lungs, but it can also affect organs in the central nervous, lymphatic and circulatory system among others. However, if treated early the disease can be contained.