By Ronald Kabuye
Ministry of health says it has already rolled out a system of using urine samples to test or diagnosis for tuberculosis in HIV/AIDS patients.
Tuberculosis is one of the virus or diseases that affect people living with HIV/AIDs though it tends to hide which makes it’s detection difficult.
According to the minister of health Jane Ruth Aceng, this new innovation known as TB lam has already been spread to nearly 101 health facilities across the country and its yielding fruits since it doesn’t cause pain to the patient.
She however said its detection is limited to very sick persons with CD4 count below 100
Turyahabwe Stavia the commissioner TB heprosy division in the ministry of health said there is high prevalence of TB in Uganda due to the fact that it’s spread through the air.
Statistics indicate that 253 per 100,000 population have TB, 8000 are the new cases registered annually, 56% found to have TB are on treatment while 44% are not on treatment hence they keep spreading it to the population.
In the same way, the ministry has discussed the high sense RDT for malaria control and testing which is ten times stronger than the current system of RDT used to test for malaria parasite and they are planning to fully roll it out in the entire country.
“Because of the efforts we have had in malaria control including distribution of insecticide treated mosquito nets, indoor residue spraying and test, treat and track, we are currently seeing people not with high density levels of the malaria parasites, we are seeing very low density levels and people are able to live with these parasites in their bodies for the long period of time.
The above necessitated that we have more sensitive test for us to be able to detect these malaria parasites and treat the people.” said Aceng
She added that the roll out has already started in many parts but they are also carrying out a research to get more information on the response of the high sense test for malaria.
In the area of HIV, Aceng said they are expanding the points of care test in the fast track initiative towards the 90,90,90 targets to ensure that all people living with HIV/AIDS are put on treatment and in the timely manner.
This all was disclosed during a press conference held by the minister of health Jane Ruth Acheng and other officials after a meeting they had with official from the concerned departments and ABBOT aimed at reinforcing efforts towards strengthening laboratory services and achieving the eradication of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and malaria in Uganda by 2030.