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Anambra partners WHO to stem tuberculosis



Anambra State Ministry of Health plans to partner World Health Organisation (WHO) to stem tuberculosis in four wards in Idemili North Local Government Area..

Free tuberculosis tests and treatment were conducted at Holy Cross Parish, St Paul’s Church, Old Mercedes parts and New parts Markets, Nkpor.

In a speech at a medical outreach, Dr Chukwuka Ebele, Drug Resistance in Tuberculosis, Teaching Hospital, Neni said that tuberculosis was on high increase in Nigeria.

Based on that, Anambra Ministry of health, WHO and other International Non-governmental health agencies created awareness to stem spread of the disease.

“The aim of the programme was to sensitise as well as check fast spreading of the disease in communities, run tests on individuals sputum and give out free medications to positive coughers,” Ebele noted.

Out of ignorance, people cough more than two weeks which should be investigated in order to administer proper medication and eradicate spread of the disease.

She adds: “tuberculosis disease is contagious, especially when a person’s immune system drops; for instance HIV patients.

Mrs Njideka Okpala, Tuberculosis and Leprosy Supervisor, Idemili North LGA, said that the exercise was on active search of tuberculosis, leprosy and Buruli ulcer, as well as coughers of more than two weeks especially during the harmattan season.

“The patient’s sputum will be taken to gene experts when the result becomes positive it will be referred to the nearest health facilities and centres for free drug administration.

Mrs Okpala pointed out  signs and symptoms of tuberculosis as, persistent coughing, night sweats, fever, weight loss and fatigue.

She disclosed that chest x-ray would be conducted for children of age 0-15 free of charge at Iyienu and Immaculate Heart Hospitals for diagnosis.

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