FIGHTING TB | Testimonials

FIGHTING TB When we walked into Orumba Estate, Marindi Sub location, Suna West Location in Migori County, we were met by a smiling 19-year-old medical student, Bestine Awour, who is the last born in a family of five headed by a single mother. The father died of TB in 2014. Bestine is recovering from Pulmonary TB that she was diagnosed with in November 2016. This was after sputum and Xray tests came back as positive.

“I joined Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC), Kisumu in September 2016 and shortly afterwards fell sick. I have never felt sick since childhood and was not sure if there was need to go to a hospital. I self-medicated with different cough medication but the cough was not going away. One day, I fainted and was taken to Jaramogi Odinga Oginga Referral Hospital (JOORH) but later sent back home for further treatment. In December 2016, I was admitted in a private hospital for a week with a cough, weight loss, fever, night sweats and reduced appetite and was treated for Malaria and Typhoid. TB investigations were not done,” narrates Bestine.

According to Sister Mabiala, The Chest Clinic Nurse at St. Joseph Mission Hospital, Bestine sort treatment from them in January 2017 where the TB diagnosis was made and she was started on TB treatment on January 31st 2017. A HIV test was done and it was negative. A repeat HIV test was done after 3 months and was also negative. She started the treatment with a weight of 33kg and currently she is at 35kg. She received nutrition supplements initially but currently it is out of stock. Although she is adhering to medication, the cough is still persistent cough and her sputum follow ups are negative, she also reports good adherence although she reports she has had poor appetite all through.

“I do not smoke nor take alcohol plus my roommate was very healthy so I did not understand where I got TB from but what I know is that I will be well and will go back to school. I knew one could have TB and not be HIV positive since my dad was not HIV positive but died from TB. Health workers in private hospitals need to be sensitized on TB diagnosis to avoid misdiagnosing that I got,” concludes Bestine