Primary schools learn about TB

2016-05-26 06:00
     PHOTO:    supplied Some of the pupils who were screened for TB.

PHOTO: supplied Some of the pupils who were screened for TB.

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PUPILS from 10 schools were screened for tuberculosis recently after the MEC for Health and Education­ launched a project to fight TB in schools this year.

Thabisile Ngcobo, communications officer for the Ugu Health District started in Ugu district.

“This was short lived with the difficulties we faced getting schools to accept the programme and give us the time to speak to children, and have small programmes.

“We however persevered and finally­ got the principals of schools to buy into the project,” she said.

Murchison Primary, Siphakamile Primary, Sethembinkosi Primary­, Bongumbhele S.P, Khupuka Primary, Ifafa Junior Primary, Ensimbini Primary, Malangeni Primary­, Kwaluhlaza Primary and Buhlebezwe Senior Primary were visited.

”A team comprising our TB tracers­, injection team nurses and a surveillance officer was formulated.

“Schools where encouraged to prepare small plays or sketches on TB and children were given health education talks on signs and symptoms of TB,” she said.

IEC material was distributed to pupils and teachers were also part of the talks at the schools.

“Pupils seemed to be more actively involved in conversations as gifts were awarded.

“Bags and juice bottles given to children after a question-and-answer session,” said Ngcobo.

Primary schools were targeted and plans are in place to visit high schools.

Part of the programme saw children take home symptom cards to monitor for signs and symptoms of TB.

Results:

•7 131 pupils were screened for TB.

•115 had at least one sign or symptom of TB.

• six pupils were found to be TB positive and started on TB treatment.

•102 family members found to have symptoms

•Areas where these schools are situated are high-burden TB areas. Secondary schools in the area will be visited next.

- Supplied.

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