BY ALEX DADAMU
Amidst the COVID-19 scare in the Western Province, there has also a resurgence of Tuberculosis (TB) cases being reported at the province.
Western Province Health officials revealed this to the Parliamentary Opposition Leader, Matthew Wale in his recent visit to the Western Province which included a brief visit to the Solomon Islands border with Papua New Guinea.
Based on revelations made by Western Health Authorities, Opposition Leader, Mr. Wale revealed in Parliament this week that TB patients from Gizo Hospital have been shifted to Helena Goldie Hospital which more likely will result in lack of spaces for TB patients there.
“The health professionals working on TB are now being required to also work on COVID-19.
“There is already fatigue due to the long hours and on-call requirements – and we are yet to record any COVID-19 infections,” Wale told parliament on Tuesday 28th July.
Sunday Isles Newspaper was able to obtain an initial audio interview on the ground by the Opposition Leader and his delegation which revealed that nine (9) TB cases were reported in the first half of July alone.
According to the Province’s Health Authorities, they have planned to operate in emergency mode because of the COVID-19 preparedness but it was difficult because local people are at risk of the other illness and diseases as well.
“We have planned to operate on emergency mode but it’s hard because people are at risk of the other illness and diseases as well – Malaria is increasing and lately our challenge is TB which the hospital recorded 9 cases this month,” the Health Authorities said.
“Some positive cases are still out in their respective villages but because there is lack of space at the hospital they couldn’t be taken in to be isolated and treated,” the Health Officials revealed.
In the meantime, the Opposition Leader Hon. Matthew Wale has urged the government to address the issue stating that this is a serious problem that is better addressed now than later.