Lamu records low HIV prevalence rate among TB patients

Lamu records low HIV prevalence rate among TB patients

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Lamu, KENYA: The HIV prevalence rate among TB patients in Lamu is low.

According to the County TB and HIV Coordinator Abdulkadir Zubeir,only 17% of TB patients in the entire county have been diagnosed with HIV.

Speaking during the official launch of the report at the Sunsail Hotel in Lamu on Thursday,Zubeir said a total of 193 cases of TB were established in Lamu this year.

Out of those,190 were tested for HIV after which only 32 were found to be positive.

Zubeir said his office had already launched a programme where established HIV patients are furnished with the necessary Anti retroviral drugs-ARVsand TB medication at the same time.

He said the biggest challenge facing the fight against TB was the lack of diagnostic centers for such patients in the county.

Lamu has only 10 diagnostic centers and 35 treatment centers which experts say are not enough to enable for the effective response to the TB.

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Zubeir said there was need for establishment of proper infrastructure that will enable for ease of diagnosis and treatment of TB all over the county.