Mobile TB clinics

THE National TB program, a unit under the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, has purchased two fully-loaded “Breathe Well” TB mobile clinics.

The mobile clinics will help alleviate some of the workload from the four main TB treatment facilities in Labasa, CWM Hospital in Suva, the Tamavua PJ Twomey Hospital and the TB centre in Lautoka.

The ministry in a statement stated the “Breathe Well” mobile clinic was a one stop free service where community members could be screened using portable digital X-ray machine and GeneXpert machine for sputum diagnosis.

“The patient can commence treatment on site if diagnosed with TB. It has been tested and used with promising results in case detection under the ‘TB Reach’ program in other developing countries,” the ministry stated.

“The clinic is utilised in partnership with other public health programs, example wellness to promote a holistic approach to health.”

The mobile clinic is also in line of decentralising certain services and strengthening the provision of primary health care in local communities. The ministry stated it was also in line with the national TB strategic plan and the Global End TB Strategy’s plan to reduce “catastrophic health costs” because of out of pocket expenses for patients who access health services.

“This mobile clinic complements the diagnostic services that are now provided by the six refurbished public health sputum microscopy centres around the country which were supported by Global Fund, KOICA Fiji and Zero TB World,” the ministry said.

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