In commemoration of the year 2021 World Tuberculosis Day, with the theme “The Clock, is Ticking”, Somolu General Hospital has embarked on a sensitisation campaign about the disease to patients, staff and the general public.
Speaking at the event to mark the day, the Medical Director of the General Hospital Somolu, Dr. Aderade Ijogun, stated that the spread of tuberculosis could be stopped by consistently spreading awareness about the disease.
She noted that tuberculosis was not regarded before now as relevant and important due to misconception about the disease, stressing that if high-risk persons are vaccinated, there is the possibility of seeing an end to the disease.
The Apex Nurse of the Hospital, Mrs. Funmi Taiwo, noted that World Tuberculosis Day is celebrated annually on March 24 to raise public awareness about the devastating health, social and economic consequences of tuberculosis and to step up panacea to end the global epidemic.
She said tuberculosis remains one of the deadliest infections in the world, adding that the theme of Y2021 World Tuberculosis Day, ‘The Clock, is Ticking’, is intended to convey a sense of urgency and remind leaders all over the world that the world is running out of time to act on the commitment to end the contagious disease.
Taiwo emphasised that it has become imperative in the context of the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, which tends to threaten the progress being made in the eradication of tuberculosis, to ensure equitable access to prevention and care of tuberculosis.
In her own remarks, the Head of Laboratory Department, Miss Adelaja Adejoke, dwelled on the systematic screening for TB disease, which can be carried out in a predetermined target group by assessing symptoms and using tests, examinations or other procedures that could be applied rapidly.
Whilst explaining the various methods that could be used to detect TB, she advised that early detection and commencement of treatment will reduce the risk of death from TB, adding that screening will benefit the communities at higher risk and reduce prevalence of the disease.
Dr. Oja Olugbemiga, the Director Clinical Services, defined tuberculosis as an infectious disease that affects the lungs and is caused by mycobacterium tuberculosis, detailing the causative agents as transmission from person to person by droplets, sneeze or cough, overcrowding, malnutrition, weak immune system and HIV/AIDS.
Revealing that the symptoms associated with tuberculosis include continuous cough for over two weeks, loss of appetite, fever, chest pain and blood-stained phlegm, the Director, however, maintained that TB is curable and the treatment is free in all Lagos State Hospitals.