17 August 2012

Uganda: Hospitals Do Not Have TB Drugs for Children

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File Photo.A technician prepares blood for testing.

Medical experts have expressed concern over the reported lack of RHZ, a drug that is usuall given to children suffering from tuberculosis, in a number of hospitals.

Dr. Fred Miti, the tuberculosis and leprosy supervisor at Mubende Hospital said the shortage has forced medical personnel to use adult drugs to treat the children. This, he said, puts children at the risk of going blind.

Miti made the remarks on Tuesday during a tuberculosis/HIV policy dialogue meeting organised by the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS.

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