NewVision (Uganda) (06.26.2013)
Beginning June 30, Ugandan TB patients wishing to visit the United Kingdom for a period longer than six months will be denied visas under new procedures that require screening for the disease prior to visa application. Individuals diagnosed with TB must be treated and re-screened to show that they are disease-free before re-applying for a visa under the new rules. The United Kingdom’s new procedures apply to approximately 100 countries where incidence of TB is considered high—more than 40 cases per 100,000 individuals. Uganda Health Ministry spokesperson Rukia Nakamate said that they were unaware of alarming rates of TB since they have seen no upswing in cases.