Tuberculosis kills 887 persons in Nasarawa

A total number of  887 lives have been confirmed dead out of over 12,874 cases of Tuberculosis between 2012 and 2016 in Lafia, Nasarawa State.

The state Director, Department of Public Health and Tuberculosis Control, Dr. Danjuma Aboki, in an interview noted that 80 per cent cases of the disease in the state were pulmonary (lung) TB, while 20 per cent of the ailments were extra-pulmonary TB.

According to Aboki, about 82 per cent of Tuberculosis patients have been treated in the state and are responding to treatment.

He said, “From 2012 to 2016, we were able to register 12,874 TB cases in the state, and within that period, those that were registered and started treatment had to be followed up to see what report would come from them.

“We had to follow up on the patients for a minimum of 15 months, so as to know the number of those that had died, disappeared and those that had been cured in order to give account of everyone.”

He explained that the pulmonary TB patients were placed on six-month treatments, while the others received 15-month treatments.

He listed some common symptoms of Tuberculosis to include urine with blood, cough, fever, chest pain, difficulty in breathing, and loss of appetite.

According to him, some preventive measures include increased awareness on the intake of cow milk, use of rooms with cross-ventilation, avoiding the use of handkerchiefs by carriers and avoiding the use of feeding/drinking containers by carriers.

Aboki stated that 20 per cent of TB/HIV victims died, adding that the state had 13 general expert centres and 90 TB centres.

Source: ( Punch Newspaper )