Kaduna State treats 9 out of 10 TB cases successfully, says Commissioner

Kaduna, March 24, 2017 (TNE): The Kaduna State Government treats and successfully cures nine out of every 10 detected cases in the state yearly, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Paul Dogo announced on Friday in Kaduna.

Addressing newsmen in commemoration of World Tuberculosis Day, Dogo said the success rate was based on no fewer than 4,000 cases of the air-borne disease detected yearly.

He said the state would soon take new measures to increase public awareness on the fight against the spread of the disease.

Dogo added that N20 million had been approved by the governor for the promotion of tuberculosis programme in the state, adding that treatment centres  have been increased to 269, with 84 laboratory or diagnostic centres.

“We have also included some private health facilities and faith-based health centres.”

The commissioner stated that the state was currently piloting house-to-house TB case findings, where ”health workers move from house-to-house collecting samples from coughing and taking them to hospital for test and putting those that have TB on treatment in the comfort of their homes”.

Dogo stressed that both the diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis were free of charge.

He called on people coughing to go to a hospital, for testing and treatment.

The commissioner also encouraged people not to cough in the open, without covering their mouths.

”Do not spit on the ground without covering it and learn to open windows and doors in crowded areas,” he advised. (TNE)

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