tb alert.jpgThe decentralisation of tuberculosis treatment will resume next week in most poly clinics across the capital following the successful pilot programmes in Mabvuku.

 

The decentralisation of tuberculosis to the 12 city council clinics in the capital which begins next week will see TB patients receiving treatment and medication at their local clinics where laboratory equipment for testing and screening of the disease have been installed.

 

Harare City Council City Health Department Director, Dr Stanley Mungofa says the programme will next week be officially commissioned in the poly clinics as feasibility studies have proved that it is possible.

 

“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. This has caused a strain on the two facilities as they have been failing to cope with the increasing number of tuberculosis patients,” said Dr Mungofa.

 

Dr Mungofa noted that the city is also involved in research for the tuberculosis treatment which is expected to reduce the treatment period from 6 months to 4 months using a more effective drug.

 

“We are involved in research for the reduction of tuberculosis treatment. We got funding from the Global Fund under a project called rivaquine to reduce the treatment from 6 months from 4 months,” Dr Mungofa added.

 

Tuberculosis is an infectious disease that affects the lungs, the central nervous system and the circulatory system.

 

Due to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Zimbabwe, there has been an increase in tuberculosis cases as infected people are at high risk of contracting the disease.