World TB Day: Ogun Takes Sensitation, Screening To Schools - EDU-BIZNEWS


Thursday, March 24, 2022

World TB Day: Ogun Takes Sensitation, Screening To Schools

Ogun State Government has described school children as change agents needed to scale up Tuberculosis  (TB) sensitisation at the community level, emphasising the necessity for more collaborations among all relevant stakeholders.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker  made this known while flagging off the School-Based Tuberculosis sensitisation and free screening at Lantoro High School, Abeokuta, as part of activities to commemorate the 2022 World Tuberculosis Day, with the theme, "Invest to End TB, Save Lives."

Coker who was represented by the Director, Public Health, Ministry of Health, Dr. Festus Soyinka, disclosed that the screening would hold simultaneously in 100 schools across the 20 Local Government Areas of the State

She  called  on stakeholders to join the government in engaging school children in the dissemination of information on TB prevention and control.

"We have decided to target school children this year because they are change agents. I want us to encourage them to ask someone that coughs beside them, " for how long". If it is more than two weeks, they can be advised to see a doctor. Our children can spread such a key message widely in the community", she said.

She emphasised the need for increased screening across the State to identify undetected TB patients, calling on various relevant stakeholders to devise more innovative means towards increased case finding and improved massive awareness about the disease.
Representing the TB Partners in the State, the Coordinator, Damien Foundation Belgium (DFB), Dr. Muse Fadeyi, said TB awareness at the community level should be a continuous effort in Nigeria, assuring the government of more collaboration with his organisation.

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