According to him, even though staff at Stocco Centre are doing their best to dispense the required drugs and counselling, the Centre is still overwhelmed by the turn out of patients every day, adding that the increase in the number of new TB cases is reflective of other Dot Centres across the country.
He revealed further that the district has 15 TB Dot Centres of which Stocco is mostly visited by patients, noting that this is because Stocco operates on a weekly basis and renders the much needed services to patients.
He said staff at the Centre are doing their best so that TB positive patients get the required treatment on a free of cost basis. However, he stated that the Centre is facing so many challenges which include no salary for staff and insufficient health workers to man the Centre.
He revealed that the Centre has just a single health worker that is in most cases overloaded with daily tasks to perform, noting that the situation has affected the effectiveness and efficiency of staff to cope with the cases reported at the Centre.
Speaking to this reporter, Michael Conteh a TB patient who has been receiving treatment at the Centre for over two months now expressed frustration with what he described as ‘negligent by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to issues of TB Centres across the country’.
He called on government to provide them with drugs and better treatment so that the disease can be put under control.
Another TB patient awaiting test result to be declared free from the disease, Mariatu Conteh said she contracted TB from her husband who was himself a TB patient. She thanked staff at the Centre for the courage they show in caring for the patients despite numerous challenges faced.
She further appealed to government to take the menace of the disease very seriously as according to her, has the propensity to spread quickly.
Hawa Conteh, the only health worker at the Centre assured patients and the people of Bombali through this medium that they will do their best to eradicate or at least reduce the disease in the district, while expressing doubts that the disease is difficult to eradicate because it is an air borne disease that can be easily transferred from person to person.