County to use geo technology in disease management

The County Government of Nakuru has started using geo-mapping surveillance systems on preventable diseases management.

Chief Officer for Public Health Mr Samuel King’ori says epidemiological patterns and trends study will help alleviate disease burdens in the region.

He says the tailored research will greatly help in Tuberculosis (TB) prevention and management.

The extensive evidence-base strategy also seeks to improve the living conditions of TB patients as well as tracing defaulters.

Senior Technical Advisor, Ministry of Health’s National Tuberculosis, Leprosy and Lung Disease Program Dr Stephen Macharia said defaulters should be traced for adherence.

He said, regrettably, over 40% of TB patients go to private hospitals, where non-adherence is high, and faced with stigma.

The National Tuberculosis, Leprosy and Lung Disease Program has identified 16 health facilities in Nakuru County for assessment to develop TB strategies.

 

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