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Sunyani records four TB deaths in 2012

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stethoscopeFour people died from Tuberculosis (TB) in the Sunyani Municipality in 2012.

Mr Raymond Gyau, a Disease Control Officer at the Sunyani Municipal Hospital, who disclosed this on Tuesday, said those who died were among the TB 44 cases recorded in that year.

He was interacting with some media practitioners at a meeting organised by Hope for Future Generation (HFFG), a non-governmental organisation working to improve the health needs of women and the vulnerable in society.

The meeting, sponsored by the National TB Control Programme, was aimed at updating the knowledge of participants on the TB detection rate and control in the Municipality.

Mr Gyau said TB detection rate was very low and appealed to the general public to support.

He emphasized that strict adherence to TB drugs was the only way the disease could be cured, saying it had not been scientifically proven that traditional medicine could cure the disease.

Mr Johnson Addison, Project Officer of HFFG, explained that the NGO with support from the National TB Control Programme was piloting a five-year project in the Sunyani Municipality to improve on the detection of the disease.

He said under the project queen mothers and community volunteers would be trained to help detect and support TB patients to access regular medication.

Mr appealed to the media to support TB education to minimize its spread.

Source: GNA

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