Innovative approach to tackling TB

2015-11-23 08:16
TB medicines, courtesy of Medecins Sans Frontieres.

TB medicines, courtesy of Medecins Sans Frontieres.

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Pietermaritzburg - The provincial Department of Health have a new way of rolling out tuberculosis screenings.

When going door-to-door did not yield the results they had hoped for, the department decided to meet people whilst they are entering hospitals and clinics, schools and even whilst standing in banks and Sassa grant queues and ask them to be screened.

Speaking at a Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business meeting with NGOs, the deputy manager of the provincial department of health’s TB Control Programme, Rossyln Jordan, said the department is rolling out a massive campaign to tackle tuberculosis.

“We cannot keep doing things the same way and expect different results,” said Jordan.

She added that the department had already started the different approach to tuberculosis screenings and had seen a vast difference with the results.

“Screenings are just four questions. Anyone can do it at any place and the more we go to the places the masses are, the better for us,” she said, adding that few people realise the seriousness of tuberculosis. Jordan said that according to their analysis, tuberculosis is high among children, prison inmates, awaiting trial detainees, hostel dwellers, in informal settlements and among commuters in the province.

• kailene.pillay@witness.co.za

1. Have you experienced a drastic weight loss recently?

2. Have you experienced a loss of appetite?

3. Have you been coughing for two weeks or more?

4. Do you experience night sweats?

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

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