By Fabian Hakalits – EM TV News, Port Moresby
While efforts have been made to reduce the alarming TB crisis in Daru, Western Province, cases continue to increase.
Another six patients have been diagnosed with multi-drug resistant TB in Daru, Western Province.
This morning, Daru General Hospital TB Ward Officer In Charge, David Hosea, confirmed with EMTV News of the recent cases that were detected.
“As of November 6, last month, 103 cases were reported. Including the recent six new cases, that now brings the infected multi-drug resistant TB patients to 109.
“As of today, its 109 multi-drug and five extremely drug resistance TB.”
The total number of patients diagnosed with multi-drug resistant TB patients, since detected, is now 358.
Meanwhile some additional support staff contracted through the Health and HIV Implementation Service Provider, to support the provincial health authority to strengthen the TB program, have left.
“Some of those staff has left already. There are many reasons behind their exit and accommodation is one,” Hosea said.
Meanwhile in an earlier interview, Provincial TB Health Physician Doctor, Stenard Hiasihri, said there is an urgent need for funding to effectively and efficiently address this epidemic.
“We need the funding and additional resources are immediately required,” Dr Hiasihri said.