By on March 25, 2015

By Emmy Ojara




Andrew Awany.Deputy RDC

Gulu deputy district resident commissioner yesterday announced that Gulu district is ranked second with the number of tuberculosis patients in the country. Awany made the remarks yesterday while addressing people who had gathered at Kaunda grounds Gulu district to commemorate the national world tuberculosis day.

He says there are over 500 patients in the district battling the disease making it second after Mbarara. The district commissioner however says the disease can be urged but people are seldom aware of what to do and often ignore going for medical checkups or completing their dose to get cured.

Awany urged patients to make full commitment to their medications so that they gets cured and kick out the deadly disease away from the district and entire country.

Uganda is among 22 countries in the world battling the killer disease

Ongom Bosco Gulu District Health Officer however had earlier said the district has managed to treat 94% of tuberculosis infections in the district which have beaten the 64% goal set worldwide.

Dr Paska Apiyo deputy director Gulu regional referral hospital however says people are still ignorant of the signs and symptoms of tuberculosis and are resistant to medical attention whenever they have the virus in them.

She says taking TB drugs in a long time process and most patients lack funding to cater for their well being in terms of food which she urged charitable people to assist medical facilities who at times run short of food for the patients.

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