Novel diagnostic tool for TB finalised

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BY BARNABAS MANEBONA

A diagnosis approach on Tuberculosis (TB) based on the universal use in the country of a novel diagnostic tool is being finalised.

According to the Undersecretary for Health Improvement under the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) Dr Nemia Bainivalu, he said the diagnostic tool allows a rapid diagnosis of TB and drug resistance in few hours.

“In this regard, MHMS is mindful of the need of research to find out the optimal operational and implementation approaches to use newly introduced technologies, strategies and interventions hence the development of a national TB Operational Research Plan,” said Mr Bainivalu.

“MHMS, the National Tuberculosis Programme and their partners are expecting that this campaign will result in increased demand for TB services by the population after informing people about the availability of TB services for free all over the country.

“This includes additional domestic and donor funding and new partners mobilised to address TB in their work especially community representatives and members.”

MHMS celebrated World Tuberculosis (TB) Day yesterday at the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation (SIBC) Leaf Hut that is annually marked on March 24.

The Theme for World TB Day celebrated was “Wanted: Leaders for a TB-free world”.

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