Healthcare and Education Support Initiative (HESI), an NGO, has solicited community partnership in creating awareness on the negative effects of the spread of tuberculosis (TB), its prevention and management.
Dr Halima Yalwa-Adamu, the HESI Coordinator, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Malumfasi, that there was the need by relevant stakeholders to intensify efforts against the spread of the disease.
Yalwa-Adamu said that tuberculosis was curable compared with HIV and AIDS ,and urged people to shun speculations.
She, therefore, urged infected patients to adhere strictly to treatment procedures and educate others on preventive measures.
Yalwa-Adamu said that HESI had conducted sensitisation lectures and interactive sessions on TB infection, spread, management and preventive measures for community and religious leaders, youth and women groups as well as health practitioners.
She said the participants were expected to educate more people and report suspected cases to recognised medical personnel for medical treatment at their respective community Primary Health Centres (PHCs).
She said that the NGO had conducted a sample-survey in 2,500 households in Malumfashi Local Government Area and discovered that 150 people were infected with severe cough that exceeded two weeks.
The coordinator said the survey also indicated that eight persons were positive and have had tuberculosis in the past 18 months.
She said that people with the disease had been placed on treatment at designated centres.
Yalwa-Adamu explained that the event was to ensure more awareness in the communities and urged people to always report cases of severe coughs for medical tests at designated hospitals.
The coordinator listed the councils selected for the exercise to include: Malumfashi, Daura, Funtua and Kankiya Local Government Areas of Katsina State.
She stated that 12 states had benefitted from the programme supported by global funds for disease control.
Yalwa-Adamu commended the state’s tuberculosis control programmee for its role in the treatment of the disease.
She enjoined people to cooperate with the health officers in order to prevent further spread of the disease.