By Joyce Bawun – Jos
As Nigeria ranks 1st in Africa and 6th among 30 countries with the highest TB burden in the world, Public awareness is thus key in eradicating the killer disease.
The plateau State Commissioner for Health Dr Nimkong Lar Stated this at a press briefing and March at the Chugwi Vwang district of Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau Syate, in collaboration with Breakthrough Action Nigeria and US Action in commomoration of this year’s World TB day.
Tuberculosis also known as TB which is an infectious disease caused by a bacteria called mycobacterium tuberculosis is an air borne disease that is transmitted when an individual inhales the bacilli expelled into the air by an infected TB patient.
Speaking at the event, the commissioner for health Dr Nimkong Lar said that the match in commomoration of the day was aimed at creating awarenes, building political and financial support towards ending TB in Plateau State.
He stressed that a person who has TB can infect an average of 10 to 15 persons includingchildren, hence the need to mobilize stakeholders towards ending the menance.
Also, the state coordinator, Break through Action Nigeria,Dr Moses Sunday emphasised that the more people are tested and treated the faster the disease will be halted, thus the need for individuals to avail themselves for the free TB testing and treatment when coughing persists.
The Chairman Jos South Local Government Area, Mr Dachung choji represented by the Zones Director public Health Mr Lar Friday who applauded the ministry of health pleadge the local government commitment in joining the fight against TB.
Speaking on behalf of the Chugwi Community, the gwom Chugwi Da Atyos Mandung said fear of being associated with covid 19 virus still pose as threat in ensuring individuals were tested as they both affect the respiratory organs.
Highlights of the event was a mass testing and treatment of people in the community.
The 2021 theme for the World TB day is tagged” The clock is ticking” and has the slogan – that cough fit be TB not covid, check am ooo.