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Public hospitals offering free TB treatment

HEALTH & SCIENCEBy NIKKO TANUI | Wed,Mar 23 2016 10:29:26 EAT
By NIKKO TANUI | Wed,Mar 23 2016 10:29:26 EAT

 L-R: Stop TB Campaign Chief National Coordinator Evaline Kabuchi, Chairman Stop TB Partnership -Kenya Dr Jeremiah Chakaya, Ministry Of Health Head Of National TB Program Dr Enos Masini and Mriam Were, Chancellor Moi University during the launch of Stop TB Partnerships-Kenya in Nairobi. PHOTO BY COURTESY.

Health executive Hellen Ngeno has advised Kericho residents suffering from tuberculosis (TB) to seek free treatment at public hospitals.

Speaking at the Kericho District Hospital when she flagged off a TB awareness caravan, Ms Ngeno said the county government is determined to minimise the prevalence of the disease.

"Tuberculosis is a curable disease. Its treatment has already been paid for. We urge residents who might be suffering from the disease to come forward and also ensure that they complete the six-month treatment plan," she said.

The executive warned that failure to complete the tuberculosis dosage can lead to multi-drug resistance tuberculosis.

The county coordinator for Malaria and Tuberculosis Elizabeth Kirui said the three-day awareness campaign will culminate in a celebration at Kiptere in Belgut Constituency.

Meanwhile, Governor Paul Chepkwony has revealed that the US-based World Medical Relief has donated to the county medical equipment and non-pharmaceuticals worth Sh80 million.

Prof Chepkwony, who is attending the 60th session of Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in the US, also said that he has managed to secure two ambulances for the county.

In another development, Deputy President William Ruto has said the Government will supply medical equipment worth Sh425 million to Kericho County Hospital and Sh380 million to Sigowet Sub-county Hospital.

"The Government aims to ensure that county hospitals get radiology, dialysis, Intensive Care Unit and other medical equipment found in bigger hospitals," he said.

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