The Ministry of Health says it is worried with undetected cases of Tuberculosis.
It said the cases may be the major cause of the further spread of the disease.
According to Chief of Health Services, Dr, Charles Mwansambo, government may be missing 50 percent of tuberculosis patients due to the strategy used in the identification of cases.
“The problem is that we wait until the patients come to the hospitals. We need to test patients early. Looking at the figures, we may be missing 50 percent of the patients. These people may be spreading the disease,” Mwansambo said.
He said government was devising means of expanding ways of identifying cases.
“We need to do something about this. Everybody has to play a role. We need to actively find these people in the community and take them to hospital,” Mwansambo said.
Experts on TB gathered in Lilongwe on Thursday, at a meeting dubbed 2016 TB Networking Meeting, where they shared research findings on the disease.
A 2015 National Tuberculosis Control Programme (NTP) Operations Research Strategic Plan quotes says as of 2011, NTP registered 21,000 patients.
According to Manager of the National TB Control Programme, Dr. James Mpunga, they have already put in place strategies to identify the people who are not on government’s TB statistics.
“We want to use state of the art equipment to screen people. We will also use digital x-rays to identify new TB patients,” Mpunga said.
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