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The kingdom of eSwatini has embarked on a TB prevalence survey that will cost $3.4 million, courtesy of the Global Fund. The project was launched on July 16, 2018 and is targeting people from all over the country who are 15 years old and over.
Speaking on Friday, the Director of the National Emergency Response Council on HIV/AIDS (NERCHA) Khanya Mabuza said this was the first time that the kingdom was conducting such an exercise aimed at painting an accurate picture of TB prevalence.
Health Minister Sibongile Simelane said they have dispatched 200 health practitioners comprising doctors, laboratory technicians, data collectors and nurses to start working on the exercise set to last for over two months.
“We are targeting 35, 000 people in total and these will be randomly selected in specific areas. Information gathered in this survey will play a major role in assessing and planning for TB services in the kingdom,” she said.
Dr Kevin Makadzange who was representing the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Friday’s exercise said the body pursued six core functions in addressing TB.
One of them was shaping the TB research agenda and stimulating the production, translation and dissemination of valuable knowledge.Source: APA