17 per cent of TB patients in Lamu have HIV – report
The prevalence of HIV among TB patients in Lamu is low, a report has shown.
County TB and HIV prevention coordinator Abdulkadir Zubeir said only 17 per cent of TB patients have been diagnosed with HIV.
He spoke during the launch of a TB report last Thursday. Zubeir said there have been 193 cases of TB reported this year.
One hundred and ninety of those with TB were tested for HIV and 32 were found to be positive, he said.
Zubeir said the county distributes antiretroviral drugs and TB medication for free.
He said the lack of diagnostic centres is a major problem.
Lamu has 10 diagnostic centres and 35 treatment facilities, which experts say are not enough for quick response to TB.