In commemoration of the world tuberculosis day marked globally on March 24, members of Brothers Across Nigeria Obio/Akpor chapter in conjunction with the Rivers State Ministry of health have carried out an advocacy walk round some major streets of Port Harcourt sensitising the public on the signs, symptoms, dangers and treatments of tuberculosis.
The sensitisation walk which has as it’s theme “LEADERS FOR A TB FREE RIVERS STATE” saw the team March round some major streets in Port Harcourt
The chapter president, Engr. Nwagu Chukwukadibia, who led the team on the walk maintained that the exercise was to commemorate the world Tuberculosis day, 2018.
He disclosed that despite significant progress over the last decades, TB continues to be one of the top infectious killer worldwide, claiming over 4,500 lives a day.
He explained that the theme for the World TB Day 2018 “Wanted: Leaders for a TB-free world” focuses on building commitment to end TB, not only at the political level with Head of States and Ministers of Health, but at all levels, from the top to the grassroot, Civil societies and NGOs, including people affected with TB hence the reason Brothers Across Nigeria is leading the pack to enjoin TB in Rivers State.
The President of Brothers Across Nigeria, Rivers State Chapter, Mr Ekwuru Emmanuel Nwachukwu, in his brief message at the sensitisation walk, said Nigeria ranks 10th among the 22 high-burden TB countries in the world with a prevalence rate of about 320,000 new cases according to WHO report in 2010.
In his words, he said “Brothers Across Nigeria, Rivers State Chapter has taken its stand against TB and will push on until TB is totally eradicated from Rivers State, or at least reduced to the barest minimum”.
“I call on other Corporate Organisations, NGOs, Civil Society groups to rise to the challenge to end TB as together we can achieve the goal of ending TB” he added.
The walk saw the team distribute flyers and held brief sensitisation talks on how to avert tuberculosis, how to manage and treat TB and the necessary outlets TB patients can access health care without payment.
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By Mimi Akpet.