Govt to procure TB diagnosis equipment for entire country – Pres

Mr. Agyeman-Manu(left) presenting an award to Dr. Nicholas A. Deheer .Photo Victor A. Buxton  (1)

Mr. Agyeman-Manu(left) presenting an award to Dr. Nicholas A. Deheer . Photo Victor A. Buxton

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said that government will by the end of the year cover the entire nation with Gene Xperts diagnostic equipment for improved Tuberclosis (TB) case detection and control.

The Gene Xpert machine which allows easy TB diagnosis by detecting the presence of TB in the human and testing for resistance currently covers only 50 per cent of the nation.

“Ghana is affected by the universal problem of low TB case detection and it is time to do things differently to achieve the desired TB case detection impact,” he said.

The President said this in a speech read on his behalf by the Health Minister, Mr Kwaku Agyeman- Manu, at the four-day International conference on TB which ended in Accra yesterday.

Nana Akufo-Addo emphasised the need for TB to be controlled everywhere and anywhere across borders.

Dr Muyabala Munachitombwe-Mmuna, President of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, (The Union) Africa, said Africa needed to stand together and double its efforts in TB control.

He observed that Africa was confronted with lung health and not TB only and urged all health authorities to unite to address the problem.

“Lets us be solution-oriented and not always wait for other countries to provide solutions to our problems, it is time for us to come up with solutions that are African tailored,” he said.

The Programmes Manager for the National TB Control Programme, Dr Frank Bonsu thanked all the participants and assured that papers presented by all the participating countries would help enrich strategies to fight the TB disease.

Globally in Africa, there is 2.7 million new TB cases annually, 226,667 new TB cases every month , 7,452 new TB cases every day and 311 new TB cases every hour according to the  World Health Organisation (WHO) Global  TB report 2016.

The report, indicated that a total of 750,000 people died of TB in Africa, in 2015 which means 62,500 die every month and 86 every hour.

By Linda Naa Deide Aryeetey      

 

 

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