Ministry launches TB sourcebook
By Faith Kamtambe:
As one way of integrating tuberculosis (TB) in primary schools, the Ministry of Health has, in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, launched a TB sourcebook to be used in primary schools.
Deputy Programme Manager for the National TB Control Programme in the Ministry of Health, Isaiah Dambe, said the sourcebook has been developed with the aim of imparting knowledge of TB in learners at an early age.
“The sourcebook was developed so that learners should understand what TB is. This will help learners understand the disease and know how to prevent it,” he said.
He said this during the training of teachers and health surveillance assistants (HSAs) in Kasungu District over the weekend.
Head teacher at Mseza Umodzi Primary School in Kasungu District, Macstanley Chalema, said the sourcebook would help teachers gain important knowledge on TB.
“I am hopeful that cases of TB infection will be reduced,” he said.
The National TB Control Programme indicates that K60 million has been spent on developing, printing, distributing and training teachers, with over 900 teachers and HSAs from districts such as Kasungu, Karonga and Blantyre benefitting from the training.
The subject is being piloted in Kasungu, Blantyre and Karonga districts.
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