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7 TB cases on island

By LUKE RAWALAI
Saturday, February 22, 2014

SEVEN cases of tuberculosis have been identified on Rabi Island following a screening program conducted by the Ministry of Health last week.

Speaking at the opening of the Savusavu Hospital TB Diagnostic Centre on Thursday, Dr Frank Underwood from the PJ Twomey Hospital in Tamavua said they conducted an awareness campaign and free screening among the 1200 people on the island.

Dr Underwood said the campaign was successful as people came out in numbers for the screening.

"TB is curable and with the advanced technologies and drugs available there should be no death from the disease," he said.

"We are encouraging people to come forward and get screened if they suspect they have the disease.

"Some symptoms of TB are abnormal night sweats, weakness, chest pains, or a person coughing blood."

Dr Underwood said a big problem was people waited for diseases to reach a critical stage before they go for a check-up or screening.

"We should take preventative measures and visit the nearest hospital for a check-up if we do not feel well."








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