As part of strategy to reduce incidences of Tuberculosis in the state, the Ondo State Government has commemorated the 2019 World Tuberculosis Day by embarking on Road Walk and conducting free screening.
In a statement made available to THELENZ by the Media Manager of Ondo State Ministry of Health, Mrs. Abooluwa Famakinwa said stakeholders took off for the Road Show from the Ondo State Cultural Center Adegbemile through Oja Oba to Oba Ademuagun hall (formerly Akure City Hall) almist funfair to sensitise residents on tuberculosis and also distributed educative fliers on TB.
According to the statement, the TB Programme Officer of the Ondo State Primary Healthcare Board, Mrs Olufunke Adeniyi said the World TB Day is an annual world sensitisation event done to bring people together so that they can know as much as possible about Tuberculosis, it’s signs, symtoms, causative organisms and how to access care.
Mrs Adeniyi added that the awareness was carried out at the three tiers of government simultaneously in the county, stressing that residents are being encouraged to immunise their children, live in well ventilated, clean and conducive environment.
The TB Programme Officer said residents should endeavour to present at health facilities once they have these symptoms :coughnig for between 2-3 weeks, sweating profusely at night, have chest pain associated with coughing and disclosed that screening and treatment for TB in all government health facilities across the state is free.
She noted that the State Government left no stone unturned at tackling the menace of the disease in the state, by providing the necessary support to fight the disease in the state.
Also speaking, the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer of the State Health Ministry, Mr Alex Akinwunmi, said the State Government is creating awareness and engaging in Community Outreaches where screening and treatment is free.
Akinwunmi disclosed that the disease is airborne and infectious, not hereditary but cureable.
The State Supervisor TB Programme Ondo State Ministry of Health disclosed that the state has 376 Directly Observed Treatment Clinics ( DOTs) in health facilities in the state including some private facilities.
She disclosed that some Development Partners have been supporting the expansion of the DOT Clinics so that more people can access TB services. Such Development Partners include; Royal Netherlands Tuberculosis Organisation,Demien Foundation, Belgium (DFB) and Institute of human Virology of Nigeria ( IHVN).
Representing Civil Society Network on Eradication of Tuberculosis, the Coordinator Kids and Teens, Mathin-Falana said the World TB Day was yesterday which is a Sunday, so the campaign was taken to Churches and NASFAT.
Mathin-Mary Falana who opined that Tuberculosis is the 2nd deadliest disease, killing between 1.5 -2 million worldwide annually, said the goodnews is that it can be cured hence the need to join hands to eradicate the disease by being our brother’s keeper and helping those coughing for one or two weeks get to health facilities.
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