Kabarole Introduces Home Care TB Treatment

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Dr. Richard Mugahi, the Kabarole District Health Officer says the home care based treatment is timely since the district is facing challenges in combating multi-drug resistant TB.

Kabarole district has started home care based treatment to manage Tuberculosis patients. The move is aimed at ensuring that TB patients adhere to treatment.

 
Records from the office of the TB focal person show that 35 percent of the TB patients in the district fail to make it to health centers for routine checks and treatment, which has led to multi drug resistant TB.


Under the program, patients receive treatment from their homes. Charles Baguma, the Kabarole District TB focal person, says in the past, patients have not been adhering to treatment due to transport costs to health centers and stigma.


Baguma explains that health workers will visit homes of the patients each week to deliver medication and to collect information about their adherence to drugs.

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Baguma says the health workers will ensure that patients take the drugs over a six months period. At Kisomoro Health Centre III, Nathan Irumba, the in-charge says that the home care based treatment is necessary because some patients who report to health facilities every day from their homes often pose a risk of transmitting tuberculosis to other patients.

 
Dr. Richard Mugahi, the Kabarole District Health Officer says the home care based treatment is timely since the district is facing challenges in combating multi-drug resistant TB. He explains that some patients find it difficult to adhere to the prescribed drugs since they have to move daily to the Regional Hospital or the nearest health centers, which is tiresome.


Vincent Mugisa, a TB patient in Kisomoro Sub County welcomes the programme. He says that he has been finding challenges to access Kisomoro Health Centre III, which is 10 Kilometers away from his home.


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According to the World Health Organization -WHO, failure by TB patients to complete their treatment causes higher rates of relapse and retreatment and treatment costs.


 
WHO also notes that with 102,000 new cases every year, Uganda is ranked sixteenth out of the 22 countries with the highest burden of tuberculosis.  
 
 
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) also states that Uganda has the highest TB treatment default rate in the world.

 

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Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

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