Ghana's Parliament Law-making body approves loan to fight TB

Parliament on Friday approved a loan of EU 13.1 from ABN AMRO N.V Bank of the Netherlands to implement the “Accelerating Tuberculosis (TB) Case Detection” project in the country.

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Parliament on Friday approved a loan of EU 13,11,601.45 from ABN AMRO N.V Bank of the Netherlands to implement the “Accelerating Tuberculosis (TB) Case Detection” project in the country.

The law-making body also approved a waiver of import duty and other levies totalling GH¢2,496,670 on materials and equipment to be used for the project.

Moving the motion for the adoption of the Finance Committee’s report for the approval of the facility, the Committee’s Chairman, James Kludze Avedzi said it was estimated that 95 per cent of TB deaths occur in the developing world.
Mr Avedzi said the project would therefore boost the diagnostic capacity of the public-health system by distributing digital radiographic systems including teleradiology infrastructure.

The project would also replace labour intensive technologies for detecting mycobacterium tuberculosis with less labour intensive technologies such as the LED Fluorescent microscopy and molecular test units.

He said the project would further boost diagnostic capacity to enhance the diagnosis of non-TB cases including lung diseases common among people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, trauma and other diseases.

Mr. Avedzi added that the major components of the TB project, include the supply, installation, operation, technical support and maintenance of Diagnostic Digital X-Ray Systems.

Health professionals, he said, would therefore be trained on the use and maintenance of the X-Ray systems, IT systems and laboratory equipment.

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