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Tuberculosis Cases ‘On The Rise’

The number of people infected by Tuberculosis (TB) in Fiji for the past two years has vastly increased. The rise has been linked to the corresponding increase of HIV/AIDS infections.
18 Apr 2015 10:30
Tuberculosis Cases ‘On The Rise’
Participants during at the Studio 6 Hotel in Suva. Photo: Rama

The number of people infected by Tuberculosis (TB) in Fiji for the past two years has vastly increased.

The rise has been linked to the corresponding increase of HIV/AIDS infections.

This was highlighted by national technical officer for TB Asenaca Mataika during the Fiji Nursing Association (FNA) Conference.

“HIV infections are increasing and this is related to TB and this is the cause of the increase,” Mrs Mataika said.

“Despite this, our treatment success rate has increased and is in line with the World Health Organization, which is 80 per cent to 90 per cent.

”We have been receiving assistance from the Global Fund to help control TB in the country.”

Mrs Mataika said the team has now going out to communities conducting TB tracing.

“There is now a lot of human resource available in the country as to which we can go out to use, to assist us with the work that we do in tracing TB,” she said.

“People should be more aware of their health status and that is to have regular checks to prevent this type of deadly disease from spreading.”

Meanwhile, nurse Akisi Ravono – while making her presentation titled “Merging the Heart with the Dollar” – encouraged her fellow colleagues to take pride in the work they do.

“Be passionate about the work that you do and despite the challenges that we go through, we must make sure that we perform to our best of our ability,” Mrs Ravono said.

Feedback: litia.cava@fijisun.com.fj

 

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