Friday, 18 April 2014

HEALTH

By MacPherson Mukuka

Tuberculosis has rapidly become a major problem in Zambia in the last decade. In spite of the fact that the TB control programme has been in existence for a long period and the short course chemotherapy has been generally available in Zambia or over 30 years.

The Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) held a meeting on TB programme and Research Dissemination.

Speaking during the meeting, Health Deputy Minister Chitalu Chilufya says the increasing country and global burden of TB is linked to the HIV infections.

Dr. Chitalu further disclosed that more half of the 45 thousand cases of TB recoded in 2012 were co-infected with HIV.

Andspeaking earlier, CIDRZ deputy chief executive officer Izukanji Sikazwe says the Organisation has a strong commitment to answering key TB research questions relevant to Zambia.

Dr. Sikazwe added that since 2001 CIDRZ has demonstrated its ability to conduct vigorous research and programme in line with government’s health goals.

Meanwhile, Ministry of Health Director for disease control, surveillance and research Dr. Elizabeth Chizema in a statement read on her behalf by Chief Mental health officer in the same Ministry Mr. John Mayeya says the meeting represents an important opportunity to share research findings and clinical programme experiences of TB diagnosis, care and treatment in Zambia.

TB treatment services have not only been a practical imperative but is also in line with the overall health reform process that emphasizes devolution of responsibilities to the lower levels of health care system.


It is the Ministry of Health’s Desire and Vision to reduce the problem of TB to such an extent that its eventual elimination becomes a virtual possibility. 

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