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Uganda sees a rise of 12% in TB cases

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7546.872-d (Published 13 April 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:872
  1. Henry Wasswa
  1. Kampala

    The number of tuberculosis cases is on the rise in Uganda. The health ministry has seen an increase of almost 12% between 2001 and 2005, with cases increasing from 37 600 to 42 000.

    Doctors and public health officials are turning to community based health care as the most cost effective means to contain the disease, because hospital services are thinly spread and ill equipped.

    The increase in tuberculosis infections is blamed on a several causes, including the prevalence of HIV and AIDS, the country's poor health infrastructure and hospital coverage, a lack of awareness of the disease among the public, and poor sanitation in the slum areas of urban centres, where most cases have been recorded.

    Joseph Imoka, the World Health Organization's …

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