THE International Union Against Tuberculosis (TB) and Lung Diseases has commenced targeted screening in Seke and Chitungwiza, with the aim of identifying screening treatment and treatment initiatives on the spot.
By Michael Gwarisa
According to The Union, the program is targeting high HIV and TB risk groups which include People Living with HIV (PLHIV), former and present miners, congregate settings, smokers, people in contact with TB patients, the elderly, malnourished persons, under 5s, health workers, ex prisoners and lost to followup TB patients. The Union has already released screening schedules for Seke and Chitungiza communities.
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Through a program dubbed Targeted Screening for Active TB among High Risk groups which is supported by the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) through funding from The Global Fund and USAID Challenge TB and is being implemented by The Union and FACT, the initiative identifies priority districts every year before dispatching an outreach team with trucks equipped with X-Ray machines and a laboratory for on spot TB screening and testing.
Meanwhile, treatment coverage rate in Zimbabwe is at 75 percent means that more people in Zimbabwe with TB are not getting diagnosis or treatment. The current comprehensive package of TB care include having an HIV test owing to the high HIV and TB dual infection issue. Zimbabwe aims to ensure 100 percent of all TB patients get tested for HIV, however statistics indicate that the coverage rate is currently at 95 percent.