TITLE

Survey of the Health Facilities Available for Handling Cases of Tuberculosis in the Rural Areas Around Sokoto Metropolis

AUTHOR(S)
Garba, H. S.; Zagga, A. D.
PUB. DATE
December 2007
SOURCE
Trends in Medical Research;2007, Vol. 2 Issue 4, p199
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
A survey of health facilities available for handling cases of tuberculosis within rural communities around Sokoto metropolis was carried out in the year 2006. A structured questionnaire was designed for the variables and administered to 13 health centers comprising; two dispensaries, four primary health centers, four government clinics and three private clinics. Only 4(30.8%) of the health centers have facilities for management of the cases which include personnel and drugs. Community Health Officers were found to be the health personnel involved in the provision of health services. There was no person specially trained for handling tuberculosis cases in all the health centers. The length of experience of the health personnel ranged from 10 to 35 years with majority of them (38.5%) having an experience of less than 10 years. Even though, 4 (30.8%) out of the 13 centers kept records of cases of tuberculosis, none of the health centers have any diagnostic facility. A yearly average of 67 cases was recorded per center. About 30.7% patients were recorded to have completed their treatment, 7.7% were referred, 15.5% died while 46.1% defaulted. Most centers (84.6%) are involved in BCG vaccination of children when presented. The study has brought to the fore that the health centers which serve as rural based primary health care can be said to be inadequate for the management of the cases and therefore need improvements.
ACCESSION #
29973837

 

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