Gombe steps up fight against TB

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GOMBE – Gombe State Government said on it has scaled its fight against Tuberculosis (TB) with the involvement of community leaders in the state.

Dr Mustapha Musa, the TB Control Officer in the state, said this in Gombe during the commemoration of the World TB Day at the Specialist Hospital, Gombe.

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He said that the government has decided to change the approach of TB treatment in the state this year.

According to him, the community leaders report cases of cough that persist for more than two weeks in their respective areas to health authorities for action.

“Instead of us to wait for suspected cases to come to the hospital, we will follow them to communities and also liaise with community leaders.
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“This is because every case of TB has the tendency of infecting 30 to 50 people.

“We will do all we can to see that we combat the disease, but we cannot achieve our aim without the support of the community leaders,” he said.

According to him, there were 97 Directly Observed Therapy (DOT) cases in the state, disclosing a plan to increase the DOT to at least 100 so that there would be enough coverage.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that public awareness materials like pamphlets were distributed at the Anti Retroviral Clinic (ART) and Paediatric Clinic of the hospital as part of activities marking the World TB Day.

The 2015 programme was tagged “Nigeria Unite against TB”. (NAN)