New TB screening campaign under way

2015-12-02 06:00
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A MASS tuberculosis screening campaign will be rolled out by the provincial Department of Health as a new way to help curb the number of TB cases in KZN.

Speaking at the NGO forum meeting last week at the Royal Showgrounds, Rossyln Jordan, deputy manager at the KZN Department of Health, TB Control Programme, said it was time for the department to come up with a new way to
address TB as the old way of going door to door was not yielding good results.

“We can’t keep doing things the same way and expecting new results,” she said.

The new screening campaign sees all hospitals and clinics and even schools,
banks and other high traffic areas approaching people and asking them to be screened for tuberculosis because places where the masses are will yield greater results and a diversity of people from various areas in the province.

“So few people realise how serious the problem is.

“Anyone can screen for TB. It’s as easy as asking four simple questions.

You don’t have to be a doctor or nurse to
ask the questions,” said
Jordan.

According to analysis done by the department, the people most at risk in KZN are children, inmates, awaiting trial detainees, hostel dwellers, informal settlement residents and commuters.

“Although the screening campaign is geared at health-care workers, we [the department] welcome any partnerships,” she said.

Screening questions:

>> Have you experienced drastic weight loss recently?

>> Have you experienced a loss of appetite?

>> Have you been coughing for two weeks or more?

>> Do you experience night sweats?

If you answer yes to any of the questions, you should visit your doctor for a tuberculosis test

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