Increasing cases of drug-resistant TB dampen gains made in EA against disease
Tuesday January 14 2014
Patients queue for TB screening at KNH. Extensive drug-resistant tuberculosis was reported in 92 countries at the end of 2012. Photo/FILE
New World Health Organisation report indicates that none of the East African countries are among the countries that reported new cases of XDR-TB although the countries are still faced with the burden of MDR-TB.
Although the new cases of MDR-TB are reducing in the region, over time Kenya still has the highest burden in East Africa.
Targets in the Global Plan to Stop TB 2011–2015 are that by 2015 all new cases of TB considered at high risk of MDR-TB, as well as all previously treated cases undergoing drug susceptibility testing for at least the first-line drugs rifampicin and isoniazid. Similarly, all patients with MDR-TB should be tested for XDR-TB.