Globally, Nigeria ranks the seventh nation, with the highest Tuberculosis burden, in the world. This negative high-ranking status, is raising more concern for the government and donors to support adequate medical intervention, to checkmate the ailment.
Our Health Correspondent, Jacqueline Ogoh, reports that Tuberculosis is an infectious disease, caused by Mycrobactarium Tuberculosis. It primarily affects the lungs, before progressing to other organs of the body.
Symptoms of active TB are Chronic cough, with blood, containing sputum,fever, night sweat as well as loss of appetite, leading to weight loss. If left untreated, Tuberculosis becomes highly deadly.
When it is becoming too tough for TB to go, a clinical test is needed, because Tuberculosis can be multi-drug resistant. But Doctors say people living with Tuberculosis, must have these information, at the finger tips.
People, whose immune systems have been weakened by ailments like HIV, have to be careful not to have more ailments like Tuberculosis, to avoid fatality.
Nigeria has the 2nd highest Tuberculosis burden in Africa. The world health organisation says about 4,500 people die daily of TB, in the World.