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Outbreak of TB in Koro: MOH

 

Jul 31, 2021 12:43:22 PM

Outbreak of TB in Koro: MOH There is an outbreak of tuberculosis in Koro Island, Lomaiviti, says the government.

Assistant Minister for Health Alex O’Connor said the global response to coronavirus continues to have a significant impact on programmes for other major diseases.

O’Connor in his response during the national budget announcement said for tuberculosis, this means a serious slowdown in diagnosis, treatment and access to medicines.

He said during the lockdown, people missed opportunities for diagnosis and treatment initiation give rise to a rapidly growing pool of undetected and unreported tuberculosis.

“Fiji has the highest tuberculosis in the Pacific, whereby the country 480 new people were infected in 2018 and 43 deaths,” he said.

“In addition, an estimated nine people with tuberculosis were undiagnosed. These cases are especially important to reach out to, to prevent the spread of tuberculosis.

“While the global response to coronavirus has slowed the spread of the virus, it continues to have a significant impact on programmes for other major diseases.

“For tuberculosis, this means a serious slowdown in diagnosis, treatment and access to medicines. During lockdown people missed opportunities for diagnosis,” he said.

He said within three months of lockdown due to coronavirus containment in June last year, tuberculosis services were extensively affected.

“The resources of the tuberculosis control programme were reduced considerably which disrupted tuberculosis services further,” he said.

 “Every community transmission of tuberculosis indicated by an increased rate of treatment defaulter in Taveuni and Rabi and new paediatrics case in Bua,” he said.

He said to respond to these issues, the health division has scale-up screening activities in hotspot areas that were active in index cases that emerged or were diagnosed.

By Nacanieli Tuilevuka

 

 

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Last updated 1st December 2021

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