Zambia Records Increase In Number Of MDR TB Cases


Zambia has recorded an increase in the number of people being diagnosed with multi-drug resistance tuberculosis (MDR-TB), said the Health Ministry’s National TB and Leprosy programme manager Nathan Kapata.

Attributing the development to TB patients not adhering to treatment guidelines, Dr. Kapata also noted here Monday that the danger with multi-drug resistance TB is that it can be passed on from one person to the other.

He disclosed this in an interview with the Zambian National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) on the sidelines of a national TB prevalence survey orientation meeting.

Ministry of Health permanent secretary Peter Mwamba, who opened the meeting, said in a speech read by the deputy director of Disease Surveillance, Control and Research, Maxmillian Bweupe, that Zambia was among global focus countries where a national TB survey had been recommended.

The national tuberculosis prevalence survey orientation meeting is attended by participants from across all Zambia’s ten provinces.

About 300 cases of multi-drug resistance TB have been diagnosed at the University Teaching Hospital between 2010 and 2012.