Health Minister Launches TB Committee

Health Minister Jane Ruth Acheng on Thursday launched the national coordination committee in an effort to intensify the fight against tuberculosis in the country.

Uganda is among the 22 countries with 80% TB burden in the world and according to the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Programme; Uganda has 60000 new TB cases annually.

While launching the committee at the Ministry of Health, sildenafil Hon Acheng said that the national coordination committee will address tuberculosis, medications HIV and others.

She added that the terms of reference for the national coordination committee on TB will be generated, help discussed and agreed on as policy directions for TB disease control, advocate and mobilize human, material and financial resources for TB control, provide oversight as well as monitor implementation of strategies for TB disease control among others.

The National Coordination committee on TB will be coordinated by the National TB Secretariat which will be headed by the National TB and leprosy program and composed of TB technical officers from within the program and implementation partners.

“There are people that are already infected but they don’t know. If we carry out screening in communities we might be able to capture one or two patients. The coordination committee will be able to plan and roll it out even deeper to the community. It’s an intensified strategy to capture TB patients,” she said.

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