Accra, Sept. 8, GNA – Ten persons have tested positive to Tuberculosis (TB) in Ablekuma Central District in Accra during periodic screening exercises from August to September 2018 by Janok Foundation, a community-based organisation.
One of the patients, who had been co-infested with TB and HIV viruses, died recently because he defaulted in taking his medication regularly for at least six months.
The nine others are doing well and receiving treatment at the Chest Clinic of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.
The screening programme covered Abossey Okai, Sabon Zongo, Darkuman and Sukura, as part of the activities of the Foundation to complement efforts by the National Tuberculosis Control Programme to support needy TB patients.
Madam Jane Amerley Oku, the Chief Executive Officer of Janok Foundation, disclosed this to the Ghana News Agency in an interview, which was confirmed by Mr Nelly Arthur, a Principal Nursing Officer of the Korle Bu Chest Clinic.
Madam Oku explained the symptoms of TB to include weakness, weight and appetite loss, fever, coughing for more than two weeks, coughing blood and sweating at night.
“Other symptoms of the TB disease depend on where in the body the bacteria are growing,” she said, adding: “If the disease is in the lungs, the symptoms may include a bad cough and pain in the chest.”
She said her Foundation would embark on vigorous screening, case detection and referral activities of patients of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly jurisdiction to educate people on the need to seek early treatment.
Madam Oku said TB could be infectious, especially when the bacteria settled in the lungs or throat because through coughing it could spread fast from one person to another, especially people they spent time with every day such as family, friends and co-workers.
“The good news for people with TB is that when they are put on the drugs for a continuous two weeks they can no longer infect anyone and when they take it for six months continuously it will kill all the bacteria,” she said.
Madam Oku assured the public that the Ghana Health Service had put in place measures to ensure adequate community sensitisation and referral activities to minimise the infection in the communities.