Over 1,000 Tawau convicts tested for TB
Published on: Thursday, April 18, 2019
By: Christy Chok

TAWAU: More than 1,000 serving their sentences in the prison here were tested for Tuberculosis (TB) in a two-week mobile TB screening programme this month.

An officer of the Tawau TB Clinic at the new Tawau Health Department, Dr B/rukhshana (pic), said: “In other words, there were about 100 prisoners tested in a day."

TB is an airborne infection that primarily affects the lungs. It is spread from person to person through the air. When people with lung TB cough, sneeze or spit, they propel the TB germs into the air.

Present was the committee of Sabah Tuberculosis Prevention Association (Sabata) Tawau led by advisor Peter Lu Yit Pin.

“Mobile TB screening will be held once a year at different districts in Sabah, particularly at hotspots. We received very good response from the people, especially illegal immigrants who are no longer afraid to have mobile chest X-ray taken.

“When the mobile TB bus arrive at their village, they will walk to our TB screening venue from their house which is much easier than going to the hospital. 

“We also realise that most are illegal immigrants and, yet, they are aware of the importance of TB screening and treatment. 

“At the same time, we also have our officers to call them out for screening from house to house. During the screening, they will undergo mobile chest X-ray and if the data has shown some TB symptoms, sample will be taken. 

“We also record their name, address and contact number in order to call them back for further treatment at TB clinic,” she said.

She said 30 cases were reported in the mobile TB screening at Kg Hidayat on Monday and she is expecting the number of cases will increase. The team will proceed to Kg Sri Aman, Tawau for mobile TB screening service on April 22-23 and Kg Ice Box Tawau (April 24-26).



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