We need increased awareness to end TB – Oyo Commissioner

Oyo State government has advocated an aggressive awareness creation and case finding to end the scourge of tuberculosis in the state.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Bashir Bello stated this in Ibadan during a news briefing to commemorate this year’s World Tuberculosis Day in collaboration with Breakthrough Action Nigeria and other partners.

Dr Bello pointed out that treatment for Tuberculosis in Oyo State is free, hence the need for people to go for screening when there is persistent coughing for two weeks or more.

The commissioner revealed that there are 539 health facilities offering direct observed treatment for tuberculosis and ten laboratories across the state.

The Oyo State Coordinator, Breakthrough Action Nigeria, Mrs Oluwatoyin Afachung, explained that myths and misconceptions about Tuberculosis was one of the major challenges affecting the treatment of the disease.

Mrs Afachung enjoined people to go screening in order to prevent the disease from spreading.

The theme for this year’s World Tuberculosis day is “The Clock is Ticking”.

Nafiu Busari

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