Out of 1,890 people including truck drivers who were tested for Tuberculosis (TB) disease at the Busia One Stop Border Post (OSBP) in December, 2020, 18 cases were detected to be positive.
The Busia County TB and Leprosy Coordinator, Mary Asoyong revealed that four people were confirmed through laboratory results while diagnosis of the other 14 was based on X-RAY findings. “All of them were initiated on treatment and linked to various health facilities for continued care,” said Ms. Asoyong, adding that from the HIV screening courtesy of the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH) five people were identified to be positive.
She made the remarks at the Malaba One Stop Border Post where a similar exercise funded by the Global Fund through the National TB programme is being conducted targeting long distance truck drivers and the local residents.
“Truck drivers screening is one of the strategies that we are employing to find the missing TB cases. The truckers are a mobile population whose health seeking behavior is affected by their occupation,” said the Coordinator.
Asoyong further added that: “As much as we have free testing as well as treatment, TB is a killer disease with a death rate of 10 per cent annually yet it can be cured. I appeal to the residents to come out in large numbers to know their status”
At least 250 truckers are targeted daily in the five days TB screening exercise that began on Monday 11th.HIV screening is also being conducted.