tb alert.jpgThe Harare City Health Department has received US$500 thousand from an affiliate of the World Health Organisation, TB Reach for the diagnosis and treatment of Tuberculosis at polyclinics in the capital.

 

The funds are meant to support 12 polyclinics in Harare which are now treating TB since the decentralisation of tuberculosis treatment in the capital.

 

 Harare City Health Director, Dr Stanley Mungofa said the funds will be used for the procurement of laboratory equipment and the training of health workers.

 

“Decentralisation is a process that requires us to train health workers, we have been having pilot projects on the treatment of TB in some of our polyclinics and the funds will enable us to make progress,” said Dr Mungofa.

 

Turning to the issue of the new TB combination drug, Dr Mungofa said the response from TB patients has been remarkable.

 

 “The number of TB patients who have reduced taking medication has since reduced following the compacting of the TB drugs into one and this is a very positive result,” Dr Mungofa added.

 

Of all TB cases that are recorded in Zimbabwe, it is estimated that 80 percent are HIV related.