31 July 2014

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35,000 screened for TB

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By NKOMBO KACHEMBA
THE Ministry of Health through the National Tuberculosis Prevalence Survey (NTPS) has so far screened 35,000 people for tuberculosis (TB) in seven provinces.
The NTPS, which is co-funded by the Zambian and United States (US) governments, plans to screen 54,400 people for TB in selected clusters nationwide.

Ministry of Health director of technical services Kamoto Mbewe said in response to a press query yesterday that the NTPS team has been to seven provinces and has so far screened 35,000 people for TB since the exercise started early this year.
NTPS field teams are currently in Lusaka, Eastern and Copperbelt provinces where they are screening people for TB in a bid to determine the prevalence of the disease in the country.
“The NTPS programme is a success and the field teams have received overwhelming support from medical officers and community volunteers at both provincial and district levels,” Dr Mbewe said
He also said the response from the public has been overwhelming and commended the media for the important role it has continued to play in disseminating information about the survey.
However, the field teams have been facing challenges to access certain areas due to rough terrains.
He also said weak internet signals in some remote areas are making it difficult for field teams to transmit images of TB scans to the central location where results are analysed.
The NTPS is expected to come to an end in July this year but that laboratory procedures and central level data management will continue until August this year.
The field team will only start analysing data captured from the survey in September this year and preliminary results for the programme are expected to be released before the end of September.

 

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