As part of his commitment to prioritizing the treatment of Tuberculosis (TB) in Uasin Gishu County, the County Executive Committee Member (CECM), Dr. Abraham Serem, along with Chief Officers, Dr. Joyce Sang (Clinical Services) and Dr. Paul Wangwe (Promotive and Preventive Health) on Friday hosted a team from Amref and Amphath on a courtesy visit.

The purpose of their visit was to brief the official on the findings after conducting a data quality audit on TB cases in the County health facilities.

Titus Kiptai, representing Amref and leading the team, stated that in 2022, a total of 1899 TB cases were discovered in Uasin Gishu County, marking a concerning 20% increase compared to previous years.

This alarming rise in cases emphasizes the urgent need for proper attention and care for all TB patients.

Recognizing the gravity of the situation, Dr Serem emphasized that every patient, including those with TB, should be treated with utmost seriousness and given the same level of care and empathy.

“To ensure effective TB management and put an end to this concerning trend, health workers in all facilities will receive training on basic TB handling and management

…by equipping them with the necessary skills and knowledge, the aim is to improve the quality of care provided to patients and ultimately eradicate TB in the county,” said Dr. Serem.

He further said that a comprehensive reporting system will be implemented, allowing for better tracking and monitoring of TB cases across the region.

“This system will enable healthcare officials to identify patterns, allocate resources more effectively, and make data-driven decisions to combat TB,” added Dr. Serem.

Clinical Services Chief Officer Dr. Joyce Sang noted that with determined efforts, proper training, and the implementation of systems to trace cases, the County is making great strides in its fight against TB.

According to Promotive and Preventive Health Chief Officer Dr Paul Wangwe, these initiatives promise a brighter future for the residents of Uasin Gishu and a significant reduction in the impact of this infectious disease.