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Consultant calls for awareness on infectious diseases

Dr. Mineab Sebhatu Mebrahtu, Health consultant on TB and Epidemiology

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By Manyuon Mayen Manyuon

A private consultant on Tuberculosis (TB) control and Epidemiology in South Sudan has called for communities’ awareness on women and children’s infectious diseases.

Dr. Mineab Sebhatu Mebrahtu said women and children account for 60 percent of the total population in South Sudan and yet they were not being cared for.

He made the remarks in an event organized by Christian Agency for Peace and Development (CAPaD) to commemorate the International Women’s Day.

Dr. Mebrahtu said the spread of infectious diseases was rampant in the country especially among the vulnerable due to lack of awareness.

“It is women and children who are excessively affected by conflicts, poverty and discrimination. As a result, they are victims of tuberculosis, Sexually Transmitted Diseases [STDs], HIV/AIDS and other diseases,” he explained.

“It is the community’s responsible to help vulnerable population by strengthening the Tuberculosis program and awareness to fight against the Tuberculosis burden and other diseases,” Dr. Mebrahtu added.

He stated that delays in simple health interventions result in life threatening complications leading to high fatality rates and disabilities.

Dr. Mebrahtu revealed that current development of health facilities network in South Sudan takes ad-hoc growth pattern and does not consider the geographical terrain and population factors.

The health professional believed that it was a duty of the citizens to teach the communities to ensure that there was full protection and awareness against such diseases.

“The overall goal is to contribute to the improvement of the quality of life for the people of South Sudan. It is in line with Millennium Development Goals on health control and stopping TB partnership targets,” the doctor said

The health specialist commended the communities to take prevention measures and pull up their shocks to protect multiplication of diseases in the areas.

“If you are in good health situation then you can be comfortable and have good performances at your work. Diseases like TB can develop and complicate health situation. All of which may affect seeking practices and demand for modern health care,” he concluded.

Dr. Mebrahtu lamented that such issues should be attended to before and after Women’s Days to show constant care for the opposite sex.

Tuberculosis is a chronic infectious disease caused mainly by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. These micro-organisms are also known as acid-fast bacilli (AFB). The micro-organisms usually enter the body by inhalation through lungs.

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