Group warns against treating tuberculosis with local herbs
A Non-governmental organisation, the Women’s Right and health Project has called on the people of ondo State to go for test whenever they coughed for more than two weeks, saying test and treatment for tuberculosis remained free in the country.
The Executive Director of the organisation, Mrs Bose Ironsi said it was worrisome that people’s ignorance on tuberculosis was responsible for its spread, lamenting many were not aware of free test and treatment of the disease.
Ironsi at the Awareness Raising Campaign on Tuberculosis held in Akure recently also warned the TB patients against treating the disease with local medicine.
At the programme, no fewer than 40 volunteers recruited and trained to take the awareness campaign to the grassroots, especially in Akure South and odigbo Local Government Areas of the state.
Ironsi explained that the programme was sponsored by the Agbami Deep Water and other development partners, which included , the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, the Chevron Nigeria Limited, Petrobrass among others .
She said, “one of the core programmes Agbami Deep Water and partners is to create awareness on the TB in the state . This is a flag off of the sensitisation programme, which will last for three months and the whole essence is to have community trained volunteers, who will now go to the communities and create awareness for the TB.
“We have centres where people can do for free treatment. From what we heard, Nigeria in the sixth position of TB globally and if we have 4,000 die of TB per day and the testament of TB is free, I wonder why we should keep quiet and because many are not aware that the treatment is free, that is why we are carrying out this kind of programme.
“Tuberculosis is an airborne disease, anybody can be infected, that is our concern, so we have to go to the communities and create the awareness so that the people will get the right information, not to be treating cough that is more than two weeks with local medicine, people should go for investigation and treatment which is free.”
Also speaking at the programme, the repesentative of the ondo State Ministry of health, Mr Akinwumi Alexander, said the state had already embarked on sensitisation at the 18 local government areas of the state.
“The awareness programme is very important, most of the people, living in the interiors (local communities) are not aware of the free test and treatment for the disease.