By Fred Mwebembezi
FORT PORTAL: Fort Portal City health department has Friday launched a campaign titled “Cast TB” as the cases continue to rise in the country.
According to Dr. Solomon Asiimwe the City Health Officer, starting next week Village Health Teams will be moving house to house tracing all Tuberculosis patients and spreading the message of prevention.
He says the health workers will also be visiting TB hotspot areas to treat the patients and advice them seek medical care always.
Evans Amara the City TB and Leprosy Supervisor says Tuberculosis is a potentially serious infectious disease that mainly affects the lungs.
The bacteria that cause tuberculosis are spread from person to person through tiny droplets released into the air via coughs and sneezes.
Amara says in Uganda over 60 people daily get TB and 30 people die of the same disease daily which numbers poses a high threat to the population.
She highlights the Signs and symptoms of active TB as coughing for three or more weeks, coughing up blood or mucus, chest pain, or pain with breathing or coughing, unintentional weight loss, fatigue, fever, night sweats, chills, loss of appetite.
Amara says once TB is not treated, it can also affect other parts of the body, including the kidneys, spine or brain.
On Friday, Fort Portal also commissioned a motorcycle registration number UG 7244M donated by the Ministry of Health for TB patients tracing.
Rogers Mbabazi the Resident City Commissioner Fort Portal warned the health team against misusing the motorcycle but protect it to fulfill the purpose.