Malawi gov’t set to conduct T/B prevalence survey

Malawi Government through the ministry of health is in the process of conducting a tuberculosis prevalence survey to understanding the burden of the disease in the country.

The TB prevalence survey will be conducted country wide.

Announcing the development, the Secretary in the Ministry of Health Dr Charles Mwansambo said once this has been established it will help in planning and distribution of resources for the fight against TB.

Malawi according to Mwansambo registers about 20, 000 cases annually a figure that World Health Organisation (WHO) believes it only represents a 65 percent of the real TB burden.

Mwansambo: Survey will enhance effective TB control
Mwansambo: Survey will enhance effective TB control

“Unless we know the burden of Tuberculosis we have in Malawi and at what capacity then we cannot be able to know on how much resources are needed or effective ways of dealing with the problem,” Mwansambo said.

He added that the current formula used is quiet different to the previous one in coming up with the data on the same saying the current method is an outstanding one as compared to the mathematical modelling used before.

Tuberculosis poses a great challenge to public health particularly in developing countries where 95percent of the world’s cases occur.

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