Early detection is key in the fight against tuberculosis in Kenya, says AMREF

Up to 40 percent of Tuberculosis cases in Kenya are not detected early enough and are usually missed which contributes to high cycle of transmission.

Dr. Meshack Ndirangu, Amref Health Africa Country Director for Kenya said if TB cases were detected early, the country can manage to curb transmission of the disease.

Speaking at the ongoing 4th Kenya International Lung Health Conference and Exhibition in Nairobi, Dr. Ndirangu noted the undetected and untreated TB cases contributes to a cycle of transmission of the diseases.

Kenya is ranked 14th among high TB-burden countries that contribute to 80 per cent of the global TB burden and Dr. Ndirangu said that AMREF is thus focusing on innovative approaches to identify undetected and untreated TB cases.

Our interventions address TB care and prevention, Drug Resistant Tuberculosis, TB/HIV, key populations, training of health workers, and monitoring and evaluation. We are also looking at innovative approaches to finding missing cases, he said.

The Health Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Cleopha Mailu said that it was important to promote the lung health agenda because Kenya continues to bear a large burden of lung disease.

According to Kenya’s inaugural TB prevalence survey, which was released earlier in March this year, poverty and social deprivation are key contributory factors to Kenya’s large TB disease burden.

The survey indicated that there are more than 126,000 people living with TB in Kenya and thus this year’s conference focuses primarily on fighting TB, promoting early detection and highlighting the correlation between TB and poverty

Source: Kenya News Agency