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Gov’t Set For Shs7bn Tuberculosis Survey

purchase geneva;”>The 18-month survey that will cover 57 districts, more about comes at a time when the country has been ranked in the 7th position out of the 22 high Tuberculosis-troubled countries estimated to have met all millennium development goals.

During the survey, 40,000 patients are expected to be tested for TB before research before being extending to other districts.

Launching this program in Kampala, State Minister for Primary Healthcare Dr. Erioda Tumwesigye said the survey will help government establish the real figure of tuberculosis prevalence and the data collected will be utilized in formulating government policies against the disease.

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“Initially, we have been using data from the foreign countries to plan for our country, but this is a great milestone in the health sector,” Tumwesigye revealed.

According to statistics from the Ministry of Health and World Health Organization, Tuberculosis prevalence in Uganda has reduced from 88,560 cases in 1990 to 64,000 in 2013 but at the same time the population of Uganda has more than doubled approximately to 36 million people.

The survey will also help government to establish the prevalence of tobacco smoking in determining the number of TB patients as a result of the vice.

The Minister further handed over equipment including Nissan pick-up trucks, x-ray machines, generators, laptops and printers to be used during the exercise.

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