Ghana has observed the celebration of this year’s World tuberculosis Day.
The event, which came off on Friday, was held at the Advance Information Technology Institute (AITI) in Accra.
The Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, in a speech read by the Director of Pharmaceutical Services at the Ghana Health Service, Pharm Dr. Mansa Gyansa-Lutterodt announced that government will be enrolling all Tuberculosis (TB) patients on treatment onto the National Health Insurance Scheme to ensure that patients also receive a comprehensive health care.
The public was also encouraged to help find persons living with the airborne disease and send them to health facilities for treatment.
He explained that TB was curable and that early treatment was very crucial.
Currently, over 29,000 cases of TB are unreported in Ghana.
“TB is such a formidable enemy that we should be armed with the necessary information, knowledge and skill to combat it anywhere,” he said.
The Health Minister added that the Ministry, through the partners of the Ghana Health Service and Civil Society Organizations, will implement the TB preventive treatment starting with people at high risk such as HIV patients.
The chairperson for the launch, microbiologist and Professor at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research at the University of Ghana, Professor Dorothy Yeboah Manu called on research centers in the country to intensify research into finding a permanent cure to this infectious disease.
The World Health Organization’s country representative, Dr Owen Kaluwa stressed on the need for core TB control services to be funded from domestic resources.
The theme for this year’s commemoration is “it is time…find the people living with TB”.
This theme calls on all and sundry to come on board to help find the people who are living with the disease but yet to be diagnosed.
Tuberculosis is the world’s deadliest infectious disease, killing over 40,000 people daily.
It is a disease caused by a small germ known as Mycobacterium tuberculosis that usually affects the lungs and is passed on by coughing.
A person who has TB may show these symptoms: coughing for more than 2 weeks, fever and chills, weight loss, sweating at night, fatigue and pain in the chest.
TB is curable and treatment is free in Ghana. For more information about TB, contact 0302660023.
Story by: Jennifer Esi Aniwa|universnewsroom.com