More calls for Government to increase funding for TB treatment

More calls for Government to increase funding for TB treatment

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National coordinator of STOP TB Everlyn Kibuchi addressing press in Nairobi on Tuesday

National coordinator of STOP TB  Everlyn  Kibuchi  says there is need for the government to undertake fully funded program on Tuberculosis- TB to avert  deaths associated with  Multidrug resistance whose condition stands at 600 patients in the country.

“We would like to see members of parliament lobbying budget committee to allocate more funding to TB, we do not want to see situations like we had last year that the country had stock out of tb drugs and we had to go and borrow from countries like Malawi.”Kibuchi said on Wednesday.

Kibuchi urged the government to expand  MDR isolation wards to every county indicating that there are only two MDR isolation wards  at Kenyatta  national hospital and Moi Refferal hospital.

“Our recommendation is that  we could have one isolation  facility in all county hospitals so that the patients in dire need of admission have a place to be admitted. “she said.

Kibuchi stated that  treatment of one MDR patient costs 1.5 million terming that 90% of it comes from donors.

It emerged that Nairobi is leading with highest number of Tb cases including  MDR.

As from 10th  of November “Stop Tb” will launch Tb campaign in bid to enhance awareness in the society with a mission of  bringing down infection and death rates in the country.