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Anambra, WHO, others mount campaign against TB



Anambra records over 1,000 cases in last quarter of 2020

THE Tuberculosis (BT) Unit, Ministry of Health, Anambra State, in conjunction with World Health Organisation (WHO), has solicited the partnership of National Orientation Agency (NOA), Anambra State Directorate, to mount an all-round aggressive campaign against TB in the state.

  The Anambra State TB Programme Manager, Dr Chukwulobelu Ugochukwu, who made this disclosure while briefing the press shortly after a meeting with the Director, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Anambra State, Charles Nwoji, at the agency’s headquarters in Awka, said that the “state has a high burden of TB, for that, we’re leaving no stone unturned to ensure that people know about the disease.

  “In the last quarter of last year, we were able to notify the national programme up to 1,002 cases from the state”, he stated”.

  Also, the WHO TB Surveillance Officer in charge of Anambra State, Chukwuebuka Ugwu, expressed strong displeasure over the high level of the people’s ignorance about the disease, stressing that it was against this background the health bodies are soliciting collaborative efforts and support of NOA and other critical partners such as the media to let the people be effectively informed and win the war against the disease.

  According to him, “TB is one of the oldest diseases known to man, yet, there are a lot of misconceptions about it. In the communities, people believe all sorts of information about it. This is despite the fact that the disease is curable. It’s not inheritable; and the test as well as the treatment is free. But because of this wrong information and misconception, people shy away; they feel stigmatised whenever TB is mentioned. Therefore, that’s why we’re coming to engage NOA and the media for the correct messages about TB to be conveyed to the people”.

  The WHO officer explained that Nigeria has 12 states with high burdens of TB in which Anambra is one hence his residence in the state to enable WHO to provide technical support to the state TB control programme and all the partners in the fight against the disease in the state.

  He added that TB services can be accessed freely from all the primary health care facilities across the state.

  Responding, the State Director, NOA, Nwoji, pledged a total support of the agency to the health bodies and the people of the state, saying that the assistance of his agency the health bodies sought is not only a possibility but should be sustainable to win the war against the age-long disease.

  “I’m assuring the committee and the entire ndi Anambra that this is a doable and easy campaign; it’s something we can do. And we want it to be a sustainable one to the point that the people will come to internalise the knowledge of the disease, its characteristics, signs and so forth”, he stated.

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