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More than 300 deaths from tuberculosis were recorded in Ituri in 2022

Three hundred and ninety people died of tuberculosis out of 11,796 people infected with the disease in 2022 in Ituri. These figures were released on Wednesday, March 29 in Bunia by the Regional Coordinator of the Tuberculosis Control Program (PNLT).

To combat this scourge, regional coordination has started since Wednesday with an awareness tour in Bunia, especially in universities.

Dr. Justin Mokonkul, Regional Coordinator of PNLT, identifies that nine health districts including Bunia region are severely affected by this disease.

He called on residents to strengthen protection mechanisms by avoiding closed spaces as well as contact with patients:

“Starting from the Higher Medical Institute (ISTM Bunia), we know that it is the students who will be the service providers in the future. To this end, we ask the residents, as soon as they find a sick person or someone who is coughing, go directly to the nearest health center.”

For this doctor, the best way to fight tuberculosis is to find all those patients who are still hiding in the house and put them on treatment, in order to break the chain of transmission.

This PNLT campaign is part of World Tuberculosis Day, and its national theme for this year is: “Yes, together we can end tuberculosis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.”

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