Primary School learners to start learning about Tuberculosis

Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, says a source book is being developed to be used by Malawian teachers in primary schools in imparting knowledge to learners on causes, prevention and treatment of Tuberculosis.

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Deputy Director for Basic Education in the ministry, Ellen Simango, said the ministry has realized that Tuberculosis is one of the communicable diseases that claim many lives in the country and yet nothing about the disease is taught to primary school learners who are at risk of contracting the disease because they learn in congested classrooms without proper ventilation.

She added that primary school teachers from nine districts across the country will start teaching about the disease next term, once the source book is endorsed by the ministry.

An official from the National TB Control Programme, Beatrice Mtotha Nindi, confirmed that 17 million US Dollars from the World Bank has been given to them to implement the project in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, for five years.

Nindi added that the project will help in TB detection in early stages and more cases will be identified easily.

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