AT least two tuberculosis patients are showing some drug resistance, adviser for the NCD health services Dr Garry Ou’u says.
He said there were only 207 health workers in health facilities in Tokarara, Gerehu, Hohola, Lawes Road, Kilakila, Kaugere, 9-Mile and 6-Mile, excluding the Port Moresby General Hospital.
“A challenge that the government should look at and in the next year’s budget, give us additional 660 staff so that we can bridge the gap of the epidemic,” Ou’u said.
He said NCD was densely populated, about 1,325 people in a square kilometre.
“In such situation, TB can be easily spread and go out of control, and our challenge now is to try to track our TB patients,”
Ou’u said some people went to hospitals and gave names and then changed names and addresses, which made it difficult.
“We have started some initiatives to try to minimise that by getting treatment supporters,” Ou’u said.
For us to do that, we pay these treatment supporters or volunteers some money.
“We pay them K100 a fortnight, this is a starting point so that they make sure that the patients take their daily medication and that is a very big challenge for us.
“This is a challenge the government should look at and in next year’s budget.
“Give us additional 660 health staffs so that we can bridge the gap.”
TB is curable and one quarter of the city population is affected.