Navigation Links
Mozambique: Half of Tuberculosis Cases Go Undiagnosed

The number of cases of tuberculosis diagnosed in Mozambican health units is well below the real number of infections, warned// Health Minister Ivo Garrido on Wednesday.

Speaking in Maputo, at the opening of a national meeting on tuberculosis, Garrido said, "in our country, we only manage to detect about 50 per cent of people suffering from tuberculosis".

In 2006, he noted, 35,492 cases of TB were notified, which was an increase of five per cent on the previous year. But, despite the major efforts made to expand the health network since the end of the war of destabilisation in 1992, it is still inadequate, and so an estimated half of all TB cases go undiagnosed.

There are now about 1,200 health units in Mozambique, but only 250 have the capacity to make laboratory diagnoses.

The key problem, Garrido said, was locating the people who have the disease and are not being treated. "That's our central problem at this meeting", he declared. "We will not improve the situation without deciding how to increase our capacity to diagnose those people who have the disease and are scattered across the country".

The problem is complicated by the relationship between TB and HIV/AIDS. TB is one of the most common opportunist infections that strikes people whose immune systems have been compromised by HIV. Levels of co-infection in Mozambique are extremely high: Garrido cited World Health Organisation (WHO) figures, according to which about half the patients with TB seen in Mozambican health units are also HIV-positive.

"This results in high mortality from tuberculosis", he said.

Currently 13 per cent of TB patients die - leading Garrido to the conclusion that "HIV infection is doubling the number of TB deaths".

The rapid spread of strains of TB that are resistant to all the main drugs used against the disease is an additional concern, and a potentially a serious drain on the Health Ministry's resources.
Garrido said it costs the government ten US dollars to cure a new case of tuberculosis - but 300 dollars to treat a case of multi-resistant TB. "Hence the importance of the correct treatment of all cases diagnosed, to prevent them from becoming cases of multi-resistant TB", he stressed.

"We are aware that we face enormous challenges", said the Minister, "such as increasing the number and quality of staff at all levels, and decentralising and expanding the laboratory network, while guaranteeing its quality".

Garrido announced that this year two new laboratories will open, one in the central city of Beira, and the second in Nampula, in the north of the country. They would be able to grow bacterial cultures, and improve capacity to diagnose cases of tuberculosis with negative baciloscopy, extrapulmonar tuberculosis and multi-resistant TB.

He also stressed the need ensure respect for patients, and combat the stigma that TB still carries. Critical to success would be improve the management of anti-TB drugs, so as to ensure that no patient is forced to abandon treatment because the drugs run out.

Garrido attacked the passive attitude of certain local health officials who took no action when drugs against TB were stolen from health units, and ended up on sale in informal markets.

"As from now our attitude must change", he stressed, "so that the Tuberculosis Control Programme can advance and we can have better results".

Garrido welcomed the cooperation from foreign partners in the fight against TB - but stressed that it is the government, and not well-intentioned outsiders, that determines the country's health policies.

"There are partners who contact the Health Ministry, not to help implement the Ministry's programme, but to try and implement a programme foreign to Mozambique, drawn up we don't know where or by whom", he said, "There was even a case where the partner wanted to give instructions t o the Ministry".

"The partners must understand that Mozambique is a sovereign country, with a government whose task is to lay down the policies to be followed", he insisted.

Source-Bio-Bio Technology

Related medicine news :

1. PCR emerging as a promising technique for Diagnosing Urinary Tuberculosis
2. Defending against Tuberculosis
3. Easier Tests To Detect Tuberculosis
4. Smoking Increases The Risk Of Developing Tuberculosis Infection
5. Gene Target For Tuberculosis Identified
6. WHO declares Tuberculosis – ‘An Emergency’ in Afrca
7. New Vaccine Targeted At Effective Treatment Against Tuberculosis
8. Time for A.R.Rahman to rock the Tuberculosis Awareness Programme
9. BCG vaccine for both Protection and treatment of Tuberculosis
10. Diagnostic Procedure For Tuberculosis Made Easy
11. PA-824 drug effective against Tuberculosis
Post Your Comments:

(Date:6/25/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... First ... United States, named Dr. Sesan Ogunleye, as the Medical Director of its new Mesquite-Samuell ... facility Medical Director of our new Mesquite location,” said Dr. James M. Muzzarelli, Executive ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... On Friday, June 10, Van Mitchell, Secretary ... Work award to iHire in recognition of their exemplary accomplishments in worksite health promotion. ... Maryland Workplace Health & Wellness Symposium at the BWI Marriott in Linthicum Heights. iHire ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Those who have experienced traumatic events ... turn to unhealthy avenues, such as drug or alcohol abuse, as a coping mechanism. ... tools for healthy coping following a traumatic event. , Trauma sufferers tend to feel ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... Conference and Scientific Sessions in Dallas that it will receive two significant new ... the grants came as PHA marked its 25th anniversary by recognizing patients, medical ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Comfort Keepers® of San ... Society and the Road To Recovery® program to drive cancer patients to and from ... adults to ensure the highest quality of life and ongoing independence. Getting to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/26/2016)... -- VMS Rehab Systems, Inc. ( ) reported today ... to build a strong and stable market for trading ... the OTC Markets-pink current trading platform. Explains ... seeing an anomaly in market trading activities that may ... Company, but shareholders and market players as well. I ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... 2016   Bay Area Lyme Foundation , ... Center for Tick Borne Illness , Harvard Medical ... Hacking Medicine, University of California, Berkeley, and the ... five finalists of Lyme Innovation , the ... 100 scientists, clinicians, researchers, entrepreneurs, and investors from ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Calif. , June 24, 2016  American Respiratory Labs (ARL), ... is now able to perform sophisticated lung assessments in patients, homes, ... , Inc. Patients are no longer limited to ... EasyOne PRO ® , ARL patients like Jeanne R. of ... in the comfort of her own home. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: