The Anambra government says it has approved establishment of additional 110 Directly Observed Treatments (DOTS) centres for Tuberculosis (TB) patients to reduce the burden of the disease.
The new centres would bring to 690, the number of TB centres in the state from the initial 580.
Dr Ugochukwu Chukwulobelu, Programme Manager, Anambra State Tuberculosis, Leprosy and Buruli Ulcer Management, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Awka.
Chukwulobelu said the increase in the TB-DOTS centres would ensure easy access and sustain interventions aimed at eliminating the scourge of TB in the state.
“The Gov. Willie Obiano led-administration and our partners recognised this problem and they are investing in the establishment of more TB-DOTS centres across the state,” he said.
Chukwulobelu described TB as an airborne disease caused by a bacteria called mycobacterium tuberculosis, which usually attacked the lungs and could also damage other parts of the body.
According to him, it spreads through the air when a person with tuberculosis of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes, or talks.
“TB is treatable and curable if detected early. It may lead to death if not detected and treated early and this is why we want to equip our people with the right knowledge to avoid casualties from TB cases.
“Persistent cough of two weeks or more may be due to TB and needs to be further investigated and residents are advised to report suspected cases of TB within their communities.
“I’m also appealing to TB patients not only to adhere to TB treatments but also to make use of the DOTS centres.
“We will only make headway in the fight against TB if patients learn to use DOTS centres,” he said. (NAN)