PORT MORESBY SEES A RISE IN TURBERCULO­SIS CASES

Fiji Sun - - NEWS -

An in­crease in tu­ber­cu­lo­sis cases has been recorded at a clinic in Pa­pua New Guinea’s cap­i­tal.

The Post Courier re­ported about 300 cases had been di­ag­nosed so far this year at 6 Mile in Port Moresby, com­pared to 700 in all of 2019. Nurse Pauline Tove said the clinic saw 60 to 100 pa­tients each day, 20 to 30 of which had TB.

She said a 25-year-old WhO pro­gramme to help pa­tients re­cover seemed to be los­ing ef­fi­cacy. Un­der the di­rect ob­served treat­ment, short-course (TBDOTS) pro­gramme, a pa­tient sup­porter is trained to en­sure the full course of med­i­ca­tion is taken. Last year, NGO Busi­ness for Health ob­served drug re­sis­tant TB was grow­ing in PNG.

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