TB, NCDs checks for villagers

Vatubalavu villagers during the National TB program presentation. Picture: SUPPLIED

Vatubalavu villagers during the National TB program presentation. Picture: SUPPLIED

ABOUT 150 villagers of Vatubalavu in the interior of Navosa participated in the first health screening conducted by the National Tuberculosis (TB) program through its Breathe Well Mobile Clinic on January 25.

The screening included both TB and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) integrated by the Keyasi Medical area, Nadroga/Navosa Sub Division.

A team of 10 Grant Management Unit staff with the National TB program participated in the Community Grant Scheme activity to raise awareness and advocate on TB

Grant manager, Vasiti Taylor, said the concept of wellness must be practised by all to lead a healthy life free of TB.

“We promote wellness through our Breathe Well Mobile Clinic which offers free TB screening services such as chest X-ray, sputum tests and results after two hours, TB diagnosis and medication,” Ms Taylor said.

The Ex-SDA Workers Association, recipients of the Community Grant Scheme 2 was also part of the awareness session.

Vatubalavu Village headman, Ratu Seveci Lumelume said they were grateful for the services provided by the health team.

“This is the first time that any health team had visited us for a medical check-up. We are grateful for the team to provide us with TB information. We were advised of the signs and symptoms of the disease and also made aware of how TB is curable through medication and healthy living,” Ratu Seveci said

According to the National TB program, 36 villagers were screened for TB with six referred for X-ray however there were nil cases detected.

For NCDs, 54 villagers were screened, 13 of which were treated for minor ailments and two referred for eye check-ups.

World TB Day will be celebrated today, with the theme, “Wanted: Leaders for a TB-Free World”.