Bairo – Pite Clinic recorded 297 TB patients including six fatalities

Bairo – Pite Clinic recorded 297 TB patients including six fatalities

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DILI, 01 august 2022 (TATOLI) – Head of the Tuberculosis (TB) Department, Program José Maia Soares, informed that, from 01 January to 31 July, Bairo-Pite Clinic has recorded 297 TB cases including six fatalities.

“Bairo-Pite Clinic recorded 297 TB diseases from January 01 to July 31, 2022, of these 297 people, 6 people died, therefore TB patients are advised to immediately visit a health facility for disease prevention,” Soare, told TATOLI at Bairo – Pite Clinic, Dili on Monday.

TB data recorded since January consisted of 36 cases 21 males (M) and 15 females (F), February consisted of 39 cases, M 30 and F 9, March consisted of 48 cases, M 27, F 21, April consisted of 45 cases, M 24, F 21, in May consisting of 41 cases, M 25, F 16, in June consisting of 44 cases, M 17, F 14 and July consisting of 43 cases, M 22 and F 21.

“From January 01 to July 31 approximately 297 patients were registered in Bairo – Pite Clinic so far,” he said.

Of the 297 TB diseases, 21 people are undergoing treatment at the Instituto Sekular Maun iha Cristo (ISMAIC) Tibar, and other patients stay at home and receive special treatment from Bairo – Pite Clinic staff.

Soares said TB is an infectious disease. Therefore, people who experience TB symptoms are advised to visit the nearest clinic for early treatment because this disease is dangerous and deadly.

“TB is a very dangerous and contagious disease, but it can be cured if the patient takes medication regularly for 6-9 months, therefore the patient should visit the nearest clinic to detect TB through the laboratory,”

Tuberculosis (TB) is caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but TB bacteria can attack any part of the body such as the kidneys, spine, and brain. Not everyone who is infected with TB bacteria becomes sick.

As a result, there are two TB-associated conditions: latent TB infection (LTBI) and TB disease. TB disease can be fatal if the person experiencing the symptoms of TB will not visit the health center to find out about their disease.


Latent TB: A person with latent TB will have no symptoms, and no damage will be seen on a chest X-ray. However, a blood test or skin prick test will show that they have a TB infection.

Active TB: A person with TB disease may experience a cough that produces phlegm, fatigue, fever, chills, and loss of appetite and weight. Symptoms usually get worse over time, but they can also go away spontaneously and come back.

Early warning signs

A person should see a doctor if they experience a Trusted Source: persistent cough, phlegm that lasts at least 3 weeks, which may have blood in it, when they cough, loss of appetite and weight, a general feeling of tiredness, and unhealthy swelling in the throat neck, fever night sweats chest pain.


Journalist: Camilo de Sousa

Editor: Nelia B


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