Group warns against treat­ing tu­ber­cu­lo­sis with lo­cal herbs

The Punch - - NEWS - Peter Dada, Akure

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.

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