Ondo State Government has tasked traditional rulers on grassroots campaign against tuberculosis disease.
Dr Samuel Akingbesote, the state Programme Manager of Tuberculosis, Leprosy and Lubrid Ulcer stated this on Friday in Akure.
NAN reports that the theme for 2018 edition was: “Wanted Leaders for Free Tuberculosis World”.
Akingbesote, who made the appeal at palace of Oba Aladelusi Aladetoyinbo, the traditional ruler of Akure kingdom, noted that if all traditional rulers could emulate the traditional ruler, TB would be tackled squarely.
NAN reports that a sensitisation walk was had from the health board office to the palace.
The programme manager noted that TB, though chronic and infectious, could be cured; hence the need for people to volunteer to take leadership that would champion fight against the disease.
According to him, whoever that is coughing for two or more weeks should go to nearest health facilities in the state.
” Tuberculosis test and treatment is free in Ondo State and it is needed that any person with cough of two or more weeks should seek medical help at nearest health clinic.
” Fortunately, Ondo State is one of the twenty states in Nigeria that have treatment facilities that deal with drug-resistant tuberculosis, ” he said.
He warned that people should imbibe using handkerchief while coughing, right way of hand covering and avoid spitting on the floor.
Earlier, Dr Francis Akanbiemu, the Executive Secretary of Ondo State Primary Healthcare Development Board, said that he would continue to support the campaign against TB.
Also speaking, Mr Martin-Mary, the state Coordinator of Tuberculosis Networks, said that the state in collaboration with some civil society groups and NGOs was targeting some personalities that could help advocate for fight against TB.
” TB has been neglected and it’s most infectious disease because everyone takes from the same pool of air.
” On this note, we are decorating Deji of Akure, Oba Aladelusi, Chief Pius Akomolafe, a community leader, Dr Francis Akanbiemu, the Executive Secretary of Ondo State Primary Health care Development Board and wife of the state governor, Mrs Betty Ayanwu-Akeredolu as TB champions.
” We want the state government to increase budgetary allocation for TB and we believe that if we all take good actions, Ondo State will be TB free,” he said.