Nasarawa State records 12,000 cases in 5 years

Danjuma, who spoke at a rally to mark the 2017 World Tuberculosis Day on Thursday in Lafia, said that 800 patients were treated and certified TB-free within the period under review.

About one in five TB cases are resistant to at least one antibiotic, and about five percent are so-called multidrug resistant (MDR-TB) strains

Nasarawa State recorded 12,000 cases of tuberculosis in the last five years, according to Dr. Aboki Danjuma, the State Coordinator, Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Agency.

He explained that the rally was aimed at building public awareness about Tuberculosis and efforts to eradicate it.

Danjuma charged members of the public to always seek proper medical attention whenever they had persistent cough, and advised against close contact with persons suspected to be infected with the disease.

Similarly, Mr Eric Tungkam, from the Family Health Foundation, in his speech, noted that the rally was to educate members of the public on the dangers of TB as a highly contagious disease, and how to prevent its spread.

“This awareness campaign will help people to be cautious in the way they relate with one another,” he said.

In their separate speeches, Alhaji Jibrin Giza, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health and Dr. Ibrahim Adamu, Director, Public Health and Disease Control, said that the state government was working hard to reduce the burden of TB and leprosy in the state.

JOIN OUR PULSE COMMUNITY!

Unblock notifications in browser settings.

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: news@pulselive.co.ke

Recommended articles

Fired TV anchor now a Matatu tout in Nairobi [Video]

Fired TV anchor now a Matatu tout in Nairobi [Video]

King Kaka shares 11 sources of income earning him millions

King Kaka shares 11 sources of income earning him millions

Ini Edo posts new photos amid reports of welcoming a baby through surrogacy

Ini Edo posts new photos amid reports of welcoming a baby through surrogacy

Referee behind chaos at AFCON was rushed to hospital after match

Referee behind chaos at AFCON was rushed to hospital after match

Eddie Butita speaks on his fallout with Miss Mandi, offers her a job

Eddie Butita speaks on his fallout with Miss Mandi, offers her a job

Zuchu forced to apologize to fans after viral video raised eyebrows

Zuchu forced to apologize to fans after viral video raised eyebrows

Willy Paul wins against Diana Marua in court

Willy Paul wins against Diana Marua in court

KDF moves to forcibly acquire Sh 500M supermarket land in Nairobi

KDF moves to forcibly acquire Sh 500M supermarket land in Nairobi

Kamene Goro opens up on fallout with Andrew Kibe

Kamene Goro opens up on fallout with Andrew Kibe