2018 World TB Day:GHS engages media to create awareness of event slated for March, 24
Ahead of the this year’s World Tuberculosis Day event which is slated for March, 24 on the theme:”Wanted,Leaders for a TB free World, the Ghana Health Service(GHS) has organized a press conference aimed at sensitizing the media and to create public awareness on the event.
The conference which was held on Friday March 16, 2018 at the International Press Centre, Accra witnessed a heavy patronage from the cross section of the media.
The World Tuberculosis Day is a day set aside to build public awareness about the global epidemic of tuberculosis and efforts to eliminate the disease. It is observed annually on March 24.
Tuberculosis(TB) is a disease caused by bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
The bacteria can attack any part of the body, but usually attack the lungs.
In the 1940s, scientists discovered the first of several drugs now used to treat TB.
This evoked a widespread belief that tuberculosis was a problem that could be solved.
TB disease is an important cause of death in Adults in Ghana.
More than over 15,000 new TB cases were reported in 2012.
According to Manager of the National Tuberculosis Control Programme (NTP), Dr Frank Adae Bonsu, the awareness creation is to bring together the world to fight against tuberculosis ( TB) from spreading.
He added that, there’s the urgency for multi-sectorial approach to ensure that TB is reversed to its barest minimum level so as to help prevent more deaths than ever.
He stressed the need for all hands to be on deck to end the fight against tuberculosis by 2030.
He revealed the amount used in curing tuberculosis stands at 18 million dollars yearly but hinted last year, the government supported the initiative with the amount of 2 million dollars.
For his part, the Manager of National Tuberculosis Programme, Dr. Frank Bonsu said ” Happily, the world has a blue print called the NTP strategy that we need to follow to end the TB epidemic”.
“What is happening here this morning is part of the implementation of the blue print that the world has in ending the TB epidemic which requires this engagement with the media.
He was optimistic the media is now becoming a leader in the fight, adding “because now we need leaders to end the TB epidemic and the media importantly is one of them.”
The president of the Ghana Journalist Association, Mr. Ronald Affail Monney in his speech touted the media as an influencer equally playing key role in helping create awareness, shaping perceptions, forming opinions and influencing policy makers in favour of sound public health insurance interventions.
Source:Joseph Wemakor|Angela Amuzu