Multi-Drug Resistant TB Worries Karamoja Medics

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Dr John Anguzu, the District Health Officer in Nakapiripirit says while health personnel are struggling to ensure that all TB patients are treated, some skip or abandon treatment altogether. Dr Anguzu says some of the patients relocate and others ignore treatment just after a few days.

Medics in the Karamoja Sub Region have raised concern over the increasing cases of Multi-Drug Resistant TB.

Multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is a form of TB infection caused by bacteria that are resistant to treatment with at least two of the most powerful first-line anti-TB drugs isoniazid and rifampin.

It occurs to TB patients who fail to adhere to treatment. In Nakapiripirit district, 23 cases of cumulative multidrug-resistant TB have been registered in health facilities.

The first- line TB treatment lasts between six to 12 months while Multi-drug resistant TB lasts 16 to 24 months.


Dr John Anguzu, the District Health Officer in Nakapiripirit says while health personnel are struggling to ensure that all TB patients are treated, some skip or abandon treatment altogether. 

Dr Anguzu says some of the patients relocate and others ignore treatment just after a few days.

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Report from Doctors in Africa, under CUAM, an Italian organisation supervising TB treatment in Karamoja indicated that there were 45 cases of multi-drug resistant TB recorded by April this year. Nakapiripirit was on the lead followed by Napak with 10 and Kotido six.
Although no case of MDR-TB was registered in Moroto last year, statistics from the district now show that four cases were recorded between January and March this year. Reports also indicate that Matany Hospital had recorded about 20 MDR-TB by April.
Fontiano Korobe, the District TB and Leprosy Supervisor in Moroto, says MDR-TB is serious and requires concerted effort to address. He explains that most patients are forced by hunger and distance to abandon TB treatment.
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Jonathan Telo, a Clinical officer at Tokora HC1V in Nakapiripirit says people presenting with prolonged cough are becoming common in the facility. He says that out 15 people susceptible to TB, about 7-8 are diagnosed with TB in the facility.

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