The Greater Accra Regional Director, Ghana Health Service, Dr. Linda Vanotoo is urging Ghanaians to help encourage and show care to TB patients.
Speaking in a presentation on the situation of TB in the Greater Accra Region today [Tuesday] as we celebrate TB 2017 under the theme, ‘’Unity to End TB’’, Madam Vanotoo called all individuals with TB cases to bodily come out for treatment because it is curable.
In 2015, 1.8 million people died from the disease, with 10.4 million falling ill.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2011 there were approximately 20,000 new TB cases diagnosed in the country but only 78 per cent were treated.
In Ghana, TB mortality rate is considered high at 7.5 per every 1,000 infected and the prevalence is 264 per 100,000 in general population.
Tuberculosis is a communicable disease caused by a bacterium which mostly attacks the lungs and other organs of the body.
The disease is transmitted from a sick patient to another through coughing, singing and sneezing and its major symptoms are coughs, which last for more than two weeks, loss of weight, tiredness, night sweats, chest pain and cough with blood stained sputum.
Madam Vanotoo stressed that the media can play a major role in the dissemination of information on TB to ensure that Ghanaians are well informed.
She noted the Ghana Health Service will continue to work with its key stakeholders to in the fight against TB.
Dr. Linda Vanotoo bemoaned the failure of infected persons to seek treatment and emphasised that the treatment for TB is free hence ‘’we will encourage everyone to seek treatment. We have the state of the art facility and equipment to detect and treat affected persons. We will be working with Churches, Islamic leaders and traditional leaders in the fight against TB. I personally appeal to individuals and families to encourage their relatives to seek treatment. The treatment is free,’’ she said.
The Ghana Health Service, Accra Region launched their call desk to enable them communicate and receive reports or complaints.
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