Kabompo in need of TB ward


Government has been urged to build an isolation ward for patients admitted for Tuberculosis –TB treatment at Kabompo district hospital to avoid spreading the infectious airborne disease.

The hospital authorities say this would protect other patients admitted at the institution and visitors from being infected as currently TB patients share the wards with those suffering from different ailments .

Kabompo district hospital was built in the 1970’s and only has four wards for admitting patients with various ailments.

Kabompo district medical officer Dr. Stephen Shajanika made the call during commemorations to mark World TB day at Chikata primary school near Kabompo today.

Dr. Shajanika said a TB isolation ward should not be viewed as discrimination in any way   but as a public health promotion strategy because TB is an airborne disease.

He explained that the 110 bed-hospital has inadequate space and that the  wards are always congested by patients resulting in some of them sleeping on the floor.

He said that in order to protect other patients and visitors from being infected by TB there was an urgent need to build the isolation ward.

Dr Shanjanika also appealed to butchery and slaughter slab owners to cooperate with environmental health technologists when they inspect their premises to prevent people from acquiring TB as a result of eating contaminated beef.