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Men at Risk of contracting TB during world cup competitions

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[Kisauni TB Treatment and monitoring Officer Mary Katana. Photo/Maxwell]

Kisauni Sub county Tuberculosis treatment and monitoring department in Mombasa is warning of increased cases of tuberculosis among men propagated by the month long world cup matches.

The department said that men are at high risk of getting the disease due to their habit of converging in congested video cafés to watch world cup competitions being held in Russia.

Kisauni Tuberculosis treatment and monitoring Officer Mary Katana said that the habit was very common among men diehard soccer fans that are at risk of being infected by the airborne disease.

She said that Kisauni and Nyali constituencies recorded higher figures of people suffering from tuberculosis because of the congestion of poorly ventilated houses.

Katana said that the department has been conducting grassroots awareness campaign on prevention measures.

“Not only converging in congested areas like video cafés to enjoy their soccer matches but comparing to women, men practice poor eating habits that’s why they are vulnerable,” she added.

She said that over one thousand people were suffering from TB, Nyali constituency leading with at least 700 patients under TB treatment.

“Apart from staying in congested areas, poor ventilation, drug abuse among locals and poor eating habits among men are some of the causes of TB,” she disclosed.

The head of TB prevention, treatment and monitoring also revealed that Shimo la Tewa main prison, the female and Boston prisons have recorded high figures of inmates suffering from TB.

Ms Katana said that close monitoring and treatment was being carried out in all the three prisons.

She also revealed that 28 of those examined were suffering from chronic TB which may take a year treatment with an addition of 8 injections for it to be completely quelled compared to the normal one which can be treated within six months of proper adhering to subscription.

She appealed to locals to closely monitor their health and visit public hospitals for medical examination as a three week continuous coughing could be a sign of Tuberculosis infection.