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The impact of COVID-19 on the tuberculosis control activities in Addis Ababa.
Beyene, Negussie Wodajo; Sitotaw, Alemu Lakew; Tegegn, Ben; Bobosha, Kidist.
  • Beyene NW; Armauer Hansen Research Institute - Anti-Persoonsmijnen Ontmijnende Product Ontwikkeling (AHRI-APOPO) Tuberculosis Research Project, Armauer Hansen Research Institute, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • Sitotaw AL; Department of Biology, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium.
  • Tegegn B; Armauer Hansen Research Institute - Anti-Persoonsmijnen Ontmijnende Product Ontwikkeling (AHRI-APOPO) Tuberculosis Research Project, Armauer Hansen Research Institute, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • Bobosha K; Tuberculosis/Multi-Drug Resistance-Tuberculosis (TB/MDR-TB) Program, Addis Ababa City Administration Health Bureau, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Pan Afr Med J ; 38: 243, 2021.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1257120
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1. COVID-19 AFFECTS Tuberculosis
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COVID-19
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AFFECTS
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Tuberculosis
2. COVID-19 AFFECTS Tuberculosis
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COVID-19
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AFFECTS
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Tuberculosis
ABSTRACT
The first COVID-19 case was reported in Ethiopia on 13th March 2020 and series of announcements of set of measures, proclamation and directives have been enacted to fight the coronavirus pandemic. These have implications for the regular health services including the TB control program. This brief communication assesses the impact of the COVID-19 response on the TB control activities of Addis Ababa health centers based on research project data. We compared the patient flows in pre-COVID-19 period (quarter 1, Q1) and during COVID-19 (quarter 2, Q2 and quarter 3, Q3) of 2020 at 56 health centers in Addis Ababa from all 10 sub-cities per sub-city. The patient flow declined from 3,473 in Q1 to 1,062 in Q2 and 1,074 in Q3, which is a decrease by 62-76% and 52-80% in Q2 and Q3 respectively as compared to that of Q1. In Q2, Kolfe keranio and Kirkos sub-cities recorded the biggest decline (76 and 75% respectively) whereas Yeka sub-city had the least decline (62%). In Q3, Kirkos sub-city had the biggest decline (80%) and Addis ketema sub-city had the lowest (52%). We conclude that the series of measures, state of emergency proclamation and government directives issued to counter the spread of COVID-19 and the public response to these significantly affected the TB control activities in Addis Ababa city as attested by the decrease in the patient flow at the clinics. Health authorities may inform the public that essential health services are still available and open to everyone in need of these services.
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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Main subject: Tuberculosis / Delivery of Health Care / COVID-19 Type of study: Experimental Studies / Observational study / Prognostic study Limits: Humans Country/Region as subject: Africa Language: English Journal: Pan Afr Med J Year: 2021 Document Type: Article Affiliation country: Pamj.2021.38.243.27132

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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Main subject: Tuberculosis / Delivery of Health Care / COVID-19 Type of study: Experimental Studies / Observational study / Prognostic study Limits: Humans Country/Region as subject: Africa Language: English Journal: Pan Afr Med J Year: 2021 Document Type: Article Affiliation country: Pamj.2021.38.243.27132