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World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, March 24th

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By Kenny Adetunji

Tuberculosis is a large problem in Nigeria, TB is treatable and curable.

On March 24, we commemorate World Tuberculosis (TB) Day. This day is important as it raises awareness of the global Epidemic of tuberculosis and funds to fight the disease. Every year, TB kills 8 million people and sickens 9 million more. TB is a deadly airborne infection that mainly affects the lungs, but can also affect other parts of the body. Thankfully, TB is treatable and curable, but only if it is detected and treated early. That’s why it is so important to raise awareness of TB and to fund research and programs to fight this deadly disease.

There are a number of available treatments for Tuberculosis (TB), which your doctor can discuss with you. Treatment typically involves a combination of medications, and it is important to follow your doctor’s instructions closely to ensure a successful outcome. Depending on the severity of the infection, treatment typically involves taking antibiotics for a period of several months. Some people may also require treatment for TB-related complications.

Important to continue to work on reducing cases.

TB-related complications can include a wide variety of health problems. Some of these issues can be quite serious, such as Meningitis, inflammation of the Brain, and even Death. It is important to seek medical help immediately if you are experiencing any TB-related symptoms.

Nigeria is still one of the top countries in the world for Tuberculosis cases. Although the number of cases has been dropping in recent years, Nigeria still accounts for 4.6% of the global estimated Tuberculosis cases. This is a significant number, and it is important to continue to work on reducing the number of Tuberculosis cases in Nigeria. There are many ways to do this, including increasing access to testing and treatment, and increasing awareness of the disease.

Vaccine is effective but not 100% reliable.

Close to 700,000 Nigerians fight TB every year, making it one of the most commonly reported infectious diseases in the country. The bacteria that cause TB are spread through the air and can affect any organ of the body, but it most commonly affects the lungs. There are a number of ways to prevent its spread, including Vaccination, the prompt diagnosis and treatment of those who are infected, and early diagnosis and treatment of those who are at risk for developing the disease.

BCG is a vaccine developed to protect individuals against TB, and is often administered to infants and small children in regions where TB is common. While BCG vaccine is effective in preventing TB in some cases, it is not 100% reliable and does not offer complete protection against the disease. If you have received the BCG vaccine, you may experience a positive reaction to the tuberculin skin test.

The number of new cases of TB has been declining.

Nigeria has the potential to play a significant role in halting the spread of TB both in the country and around the world. This can be achieved by ensuring an adequate supply of drugs and other essential commodities, and by strengthening the health system. Nigeria has made considerable progress in the fight against TB in recent years. The number of new cases has been declining in recent years, and the country has made significant strides in expanding access to treatment. However, much work remains to be done.


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