Kazeem Biriowo– Abuja
The National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme (NTBLCP) of the Federal Ministry of Health has actually cautioned Nigerians that tuberculosis is a contagious illness and it is not brought on by witchcraft.
The National Coordinator of NTBLCP, Dr Chukwuma Anyaike revealed this at the 2023 Pre-World TB Day Press Conference arranged by Stop TB Partnership Nigeria, in partnership with the NTBLCP.
The 2023 WTBD Theme is “Yes! We can end TB with the motto in Nigeria “Get included”.
Anyaike described that Tuberculosis is not triggered by any witchcraft however a transmittable illness brought on by a germs called mycobacterium tuberculosis and can not be contracted by shaking hands, and by hugging.
“The germs is suspended in the air and you can breath it in. Whatever occurs later on, depends upon your body immune system”.
Anyaike even more kept that Nigeria requires to produce more awareness as he stated the nation is top in Africa and still the 6th internationally.
“We require to make much awareness production and I’m challenging our associates from the media angle to assist us, you have actually done so well, a minimum of prior to it was 25% of Nigerians not understanding much about tuberculosis and the problem in Nigeria however we still have a great deal of issues.
“As the primary concept of main avoidance, awareness development is available in, we require to make much sound and it should not be simply on a yearly basis. We must attempt as much as possible to let individuals understand, individuals become aware of TB, I desire us to broaden it to tuberculosis”. He stated.
Anyaike nevertheless stated in the middle of the battles, Nigeria has actually consistently succeeded. “If you take a look at where we began by the end of 2022, we had the ability to alert above 285,000 missing out on cases in Nigeria which is 60% of the missing out on cases is a big turning point, however we have actually not arrived, so we had the ability to do that by the large cooperation and dedication, with enthusiasm of everyone.
“I keep in mind by this time in 2015 we were likewise here. By that time last year, it was not 60 So we ought to likewise commemorate ourselves have not gone this far,” he included.
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