Charity organisation Caritas Congo Asbl has donated two mobile vehicle units for active tuberculosis screening to facilitate the outreach programmes of the National Tuberculosis Control Program (PNLT) in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In a statement, the organisation said the two vehicles were handed over to the PNLT directorate in Kinshasa by its executive secretary Boniface Nakwagelewi ata Deagbo on June 8.  

The vehicles are additional to two other mobile units delivered earlier by Caritas to the PNLT on April 24, 2018. PNLT specialists who have just returned from training in France will operate and maintain the mobile testing units.

Each unit is ordinarily equipped with a testing laboratory, an X-ray machine and the ‘GeneExpert’, a device designed for the detection of drug-resistant tuberculosis.  The mobile units will help PNLT deliver TB testing services in high-risk zones that include mining sites around the Bunia, Mbuji-Mayi, Lubumbashi and Kinshasa municipalities.

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