As the rest of the world will be commemorating world Tuberculosis (TB) today 24th March 2021, Siaya County marked the day yesterday under the theme being *” IT’S TIME TO END TB IN KENYA.”*
The event was flagged off by Chief Officer of Health Dr. Eunice Fwaya at the Yala Referral Hospital in Gem sub- County accompanied by Director of Communications, Health Mr. Jerry William Ochieng, Siaya County TB coordinator Madam Mary Wambora, various County Ministry of Health Staff, Members of the Siaya County Health Management Team, health workers and the general public.
Speaking on behalf of the County Executive Committee Member for Health Mr. Dismas Odhiambo Wakla, the Chief Officer of Health Dr Fwaya thanked the partners for facilitating the organisation of the event stating that while TB is a preventable and curable disease, it’s still a menace in the county and requires teamwork if it is to be controlled.
“We need to renew our commitment and redouble our efforts individually and collectively to fight TB in Siaya County,” said The Chief Officer.
“Despite being ranked as top ten among counties with high TB burden in Kenya, Siaya County has made some commendable strides towards detection, prevention and management of TB and this, in turn, has led to the continuous recording of success stories with high cure rates of more than 85% and increased accessibility to treatment even for multi-drug resistant TB,” she added. The Chief Officer urged all stakeholders to join in the effort against TB.
World TB day is a day meant to raise public awareness about the devastating health, social and economic consequences of TB and to step up efforts to end the Global nuisance.
Partners present included Centres for Health Services (CHS), exit TB KEMRI research, International Research & Development Organization (IRDO), Ngima For Sure, Liverpool Voluntary Counselling and Testing (LVCT) GSK, Uranga Rural Development Initiative (URDI) CBO among many others. KOMESHA TB caucus which is under Kthe enya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) and funded by USAID was the main sponsor of the day’s activities.