Khat Chewing and Clinical Conditions Determine the Epidemiology of Primary Drug Resistance Tuberculosis in Amhara Region of Ethiopia: A Multicenter Study

Infect Drug Resist. 2021 Jun 30;14:2449-2460. doi: 10.2147/IDR.S316268. eCollection 2021.


BACKGROUND: Rifampicin and/or multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (RR/MDR-TB) remains an uncontrolled public health emergency that has been synergized by the recently increased person-to-person transmission in the community as primary RR/MDR-TB, which is defined as RR/MDR-TB in new TB patients with no prior exposure to anti-TB treatment for more than one month. This study aimed to measure the prevalence and associated factors of primary drug-resistance among drug-resistant tuberculosis patients, as evidenced by the Amhara region treatment initiating centers.

METHODS: An institutional-based multicenter cross-sectional study was conducted from September 2010 to December 2017, among 580 RR/MDR-TB patients on the second-line anti-TB drug in the Amhara regional state. Data were collected from patient charts and registration books using a standardized data abstraction sheet. The data were entered using Epi-data and transferred to Stata 14 software for further data management and analysis. A bivariable and multivariable binary logistic model was run subsequently, and finally, a p-value of less than 0.05 with a 95% confidence interval (CI) was used to declare the significance of the explanatory variable.

RESULTS: The magnitude of primary drug resistance among drug-resistant tuberculosis patients was 15.69% (95% CI: 12.94, 18.89). Alcohol drinking (adjusted odds ratio [AOR] = 0.31, 95% CI: 0.12-0.82), khat chewing (AOR = 4.43; 95% CI: 1.67-11.76), ambulatory and bedridden functional status (AOR = 0.43; 95% CI: 0.24-0.76) and (AOR = 0.41; 95% CI: 0.19-0.91), respectively, positive sputum smear result (AOR = 0.48; 95% CI: 0.26-0.90), and HIV coinfection (AOR= 2.31; 95% CI: 1.31-4.06) remained statistically significant associated factors of primary RR/MDR-TB.

CONCLUSION: Primary drug resistance is a public health problem in the study setting. Different behavioral and clinical conditions were significant factors of primary drug-resistant development. Mitigation strategies targeted on the patient's clinical condition, substance-related behaviors, and universal DST coverage might be very important for early detection and treatment of RR/MDR-TB to prevent community-level transmission.

PMID:34234475 | PMC:PMC8255900 | DOI:10.2147/IDR.S316268