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TB Hits Kable
©The Montior
Muhereza Robert
October 29, 2001

Kabale district tuberclosis/leprosy supervisor, Dr Benjamin Mayanja has said a number of TB cases in the district has doubled. He said since this year began about 500 TB patients have been registered in the district, with the highest figures in Kabale Municipality, Rubanda and Rukiga counties.

He named the causes of the outbreak as high population, AIDS, and ignorance among rural people who don't seek immediate medical attention hence spreading the disease to other family members.

"The situation may be more serious in rural than in urban areas since people in such areas fear being isolated once found with such an infection," he said.

He said a new system has been designed to treat all TB patients in their homes under the Directly Observed Treatment Short course(DOTS) programme to reduce congestion in the Kabale Referral Hospital. He further said Ministry of Health has given them drugs and with time the disease will be history.

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