TB continues to be among the leading causes of death.

TB has continued to be among the leading causes of death, especially in adults who are HIV positive.
Acting Chipata Central Hospital medical superintendent Humphrey Chanda says that statistics have shown that people who are HIV positive are likely to have TB.
Speaking in an interview, Dr. Chanda called for concerted efforts saying the fight against TB cannot be achieved unless with concerted efforts from various stakeholders.
Meanwhile the Ministry of Health will be carrying out sputum tests and sensitization programmes on Tuberculosis in all the nine districts of Eastern Province in commemoration of the World TB Day, which falls today.
Provincial Medical Officer Abel Kabalo says that the Ministry will be carrying out the tests where health personnel will be collecting sputum and testing it for TB in order to take appropriate measures.
And Dr. Kabalo explained that through enhanced strategies, the province managed to reduce cases of TB from 2,404 in 2014 to 2,300 in 2015.
Dr. Kabalo says the treatment success rate was above the national target of 86 percent adding that the province intends to improve the rate further.
He observed that the theme ‘Unite against TB’ calls for concerted efforts in fighting the disease which he says has continued to claim many lives.

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