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Every year, 1,500 Ugandans develop drug-resistant tuberculosis, according to the health ministry.

According to Uganda’s Ministry of Health, 1,500 Ugandans have drug-resistant TB. According to records, the ministry can only track 500 people in hospitals, leaving over 1,000 patients in the community to spread the disease.

Extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) is a kind of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis that does not respond to second-line drugs such as isoniazid, rifampicin, or fluoroquinolones.

While doctors claim that this is not a new strain of tuberculosis, but rather one that was first detected in the country in 2018, more instances are being recorded, which should be cause for alarm.

Uganda recorded roughly 10 cases of this TB between 2018 and 2021. However, experts believe the number could be higher because many TB cases go undiagnosed.

So far, the majority of the Extra Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis cases have been found in Mulago National Referral Hospital, with a few others found in other areas such as Karamoja.

According to Dr. Stavia Turyahabwe, Assistant Commissioner National TB and Leprosy Control Service at the Ministry of Health, the cases have mostly been registered at Mulago National Referral Hospital in the Central area.

The rise of drug-resistant tuberculosis has prompted the Ministry of Health to construct a TB unit at the Iganga district hospital, according to Turyahabwe. She explains that the ward, which is worth a billion shillings, will house

The ministry also held a marathon to raise money for the ward’s construction.

According to Dr. Phellister Nakamya, Executive Director of the Program for Accessible Health Communication and Education, 30 Ugandans die of tuberculosis (TB) every day, which necessitates collaboration between other organizations and the Ministry of Health.

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