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Health ministry launches countrywide TB Preventive Therapy campaign

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The Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) has launched a countrywide TB PreventativeTherapy Campaign (TPT) to increase the TPT uptake and avoid preventable deaths amongst People Living with HIV (PLHIV). The campaign titled “Where is my TPT?” is expected […]

The Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) has launched a countrywide TB PreventativeTherapy Campaign (TPT) to increase the TPT uptake and avoid preventable deaths amongst People Living with HIV (PLHIV).

The campaign titled “Where is my TPT?” is expected to run over a period of six months from April until September 2021.

Speaking during the campaign launch on Wednesday, MoHSS Deputy Minister, Esther Muinjangue highlighted that the campaign is aimed at empowering the general public, particularly PLHIV on their right to demand for and receive, at least one course of TPT.

“PLHIV are expected to be informed and understand what TPT is as well as to request for their TPT course if they have not received it in their lifetime,” she said, adding that the campaign is also aimed at educating health care workers on the importance of initiating all patients who meet the requirements for TPT.

“This will dramatically help reduce death amongst PLHIV. It will also assist in getting closer to the targets of initiating 128 900 people on TPT, set for December 2022,” Muinjangue said.

On his part, Centre for Disease Control (CDC) Acting Country Director Dr. Robert Swayzer III said not enough people in Namibia know that they are eligible to take TPT.

“We need to change that. You are eligible for TPT if you have a compromised immune system and are less able to fight the bacteria if you do get infected, or if you are in close contact with someone who has an active TB infection. Where is my TPT is a question that we want to start trending in Namibia both in the good old fashioned way of talking to each other and through all forms of media,” Swayzer III explained.

In a speech read on his behalf, Tobias Hainyeko Constituency Councillor, Christopher Likuwa stated that the ministry’s efforts can only be realised if communities and all other stakeholders put hands together to support the ministry.

Currently, Namibia uses two different types of TPT courses depending on patient factors with one taken for six months and the other alternative is taken for 12 weeks.

Source: Namibia Press Agency

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