17 per cent of TB pa­tients in Lamu have HIV – re­port

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties -

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.

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