In Summary
  • Kenya is among 30 high burden countries in the world
  • TB treatment is free of charge in public health facilities
  • Health departments working on making Health facilities more male friendly

TB remains among Kenya’s top four leading causes of death among communicable, maternal, neonatal and nutritional diseases.

In an effort to create more awareness ,Ghetto Radio’s Breakfast show dubbed Brekko held a conversation on the same

Appearing on Ghetto Radio’ s Breakfast show Meshack Mungai (Clinic Officer ) says amidst the strike TB patients are able to access treatment saying failure to this will be problematic

‘’Wale tunadeal na ugonjwa Kama TB Bado tunafanya kazi , kwa sababu kunaweza kua na madhara Zaidi wasipopata dawa’’ Said Meshack

Asked which gender is mostly affected by Tb ,the Dagoretti North based clinical officer notes that men constitute to over 60 percent of persons affected by TB.

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Why Men Carry The Heaviest TB Burden

Meshack Mungai (Clinic Officer appearing on Ghetto Radio’s Breakfast Show


He says the trend is commonly attributed to the poor medical seeking behavior among men with very few visiting health facilities when ill

Further to that he says the behavior limits the chances of early diagnosis.

Additionally social networks among men has played a key role in the spread of Tb

‘’Most men prefer meeting in the bar while drinking with heavy drinkers at high risk and cigarette smokers ‘Added Meshack

In the informal settlements Meshack noted that most ‘’pubs’’ are poorly lit with very poor ventilation
‘’Mtaani kwa bar na hadi baze za Jaba unapata vijana wamejaa with very poor air circulation which is a risk factor kwa riba ya Tb’’

Meshack notes that men feel stigmatized in cases where they visit health facilities only to find most patients are women and children

To address that He says the Nairobi county health department is working on making Health facilities more male friendly.

TB Prevention and symptoms

He advises members of the public to visit any nearby health facilities if they experience any of the below symptoms

  • Cough of any duration
  • Chest pains and fever
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Drenching night sweats (sweating at night where one soaks bedclothes )

He further advises parents to monitor young children who might also be at risk of TB
‘’If your child exhibits Poor feeding habits, poor weight gain mpeleke hospitali’’ emphasizes Meshack

TB treatment is free of charge for all persons seeking treatment in public health facilities countywide.

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