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Sunday, July 24, 2016

KK records 430 TB cases in first 6 months

KOTA KINABALU - The city recorded 430 cases of tuberculosis (TB) within the first six months this year.

Kota Kinabalu Health Office Medical Officer, Dr Roy Martin Daya, said most of the patients are locals aged 13 and above.

"Compared to last year in the same period, the number of cases is almost same and this record shows that TB cases in the State are quite serious.

"Some of the recorded patients are still receiving treatment but there are also some of them who have completed the treatment but still being monitored," he said.

Dr Daya was speaking at a Tuberculosis and Lifelong Dental Care seminar held at Kg Baru in Luyang, near here, Saturday.

According to Dr Daya, there were also some TB patients under 13 years old but the number is small compared to adults.

During the seminar, he advised the public to go to the nearest clinic immediately to undergo a check if they have symptoms of TB so that they can receive early treatment before the disease spreads to others.

But he warned that TB patients who had recovered could be infected with the disease again.

"What you can do to avoid TB…you can practise a healthy lifestyle, do regular exercise, opt for a balanced diet and avoid crowds," Dr Daya said.

The programme was organised by Kelab Doktor Muda (KDM) of SK Luyang together with 1Malaysia For Youth and the Kota Kinabalu Health Office.

SK Luyang Headmaster Vejayabalan Subramaniam said it was the second time the school held a health programme in the village as most of the pupils are staying there.

"Our objective is to create awareness among the villagers about TB and also to give exposure to the KDM members pertaining to volunteer work.

"I was informed that so far there has been no TB case in this village," he said.

Also present were Kota Kinabalu Education Officer Umin Sadi, Kota Kinabalu Senior Dental Officer Dr Latifah Othman, teachers, parents and pupils. - DE

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