Govt introduces stricter measures in its fight against the disease

"While anyone can contract TB, the disease thrives among people living in poverty, communities and groups that are marginalized, and other vulnerable populations", states the World Health Organization on its website. Why have we allowed it to remain a major cause and effect of poverty?

Every year the observance is held to marks the date of March 24 in 1882 when Dr Robert Koch announced that he had discovered the bacterium that causes TB, which opened the way towards diagnosing and curing this disease. People with active TB can infect 10-15 other people through close contact over the course of a year.

Ezeizunwanne said that people living with HIV or certain kinds of cancers, diabetics, pregnant women and people suffering with malnutrition were at risk of contracting the disease, because their immunity was compromised.

She termed the recent region-wide progress as both significant and highly encouraging, and lauded the member countries for increasing their domestic funding for TB programmes with two of them have done so by more than 100 per cent.

The anti-TB drugs are taken alongside ARVs, making it hard cumbersome to adhere to the treatment regimen. Gifts and food were also distributed among the indoor patients of the hospital.

"We send out an alert at the time which the patient told us, and when he or she responds that he has taken the medication, we send a congratulatory text to encourage him". Any pyrazinamide (first line anti TB drug) resistance is 6.95% and 8.77% among new and previously treated TB patients, respectively. For control purposes, half of the participants were not enrolled in the mobile-based adherence tracking program. After successful piloting, the software has since been expanded to all hospitals across the country. And while we now have improved treatment options for latent TB, we must get better at delivering them to patients in need.


In 2017, 20,000 new TB cases were notified by the private sector which was against around 3,000 cases in 2014. The strains often go undetected and are spread across populations.

According to him, the engagement of key professional bodies like the Thoracic Society of Nigeria, Paediatric Association of Nigeria (PAN) and Nigerian Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases (NISPID) is being prioritized as "paediatricians are the ones piloting the affairs of the National Childhood TB Steering Committee (NCTSC)".

He acknowledged the leadership role of Nana Ahunabobirim Prah Agyensaim Vl, the National TB Ambassador, the Ghana Journalists Association and other partners, and called on all traditional and community leaders, as well as Civil Society Organisations and all Ghanaians to play supporting roles in eradicating TB by 2030.

"The disease is not a death sentence and is no longer associated with HIV infection".

Under the new notification, doctors, laboratories and chemists-including those in the public sector-can face a jail term of between six months and two years under Section 269 (negligent act likely to spread infection of disease unsafe to life) and Section 270 (malignant act likely to spread infection of disease risky to life) of the Indian Penal Code.


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