10.03.2006 Business & Finance

TB Societies urged to register with Assemblies

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Abeadze Dominase (C/R), March 10, GNA - Doctor N.A. De heer, Acting President of the Ghana Society for the Prevention of Tuberculosis (TB) has advised branches of the society to register with Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies, Departments of Social Welfare and Health Sector Community-Based Organisations (CBOs).

Dr de Heer said that would enable them to access the global fund established by the United Nations for fighting TB; HIV/AIDS and Malaria. He gave the advice when he jointly inaugurated Saltpond and Abeadze Dominase branches of the society at Dominase.

Dr De Heer said a new TB treatment called stop TB Dots Programme has been introduced under which a patient was made to swallow the medicine under direct observation of a health worker or a volunteer. "This is why it is important to have local branches of GSPT to train volunteers from the communities to facilitate the drug treatment." He said TB treatment was free but there were not enough people in the Ghana Health Service to deliver such care and appealed to the assemblies to allocate part of the poverty alleviation ands social sector funds to the GSPT branches to fight the disease.

He said it had been noted that TB and HIV/AIDS had become bedfellows; therefore, the two deadly diseases should be treated together.

Mr Francis Zuradam Saareson, the District Disease Control Officer, said 172 new TB cases were recorded in the district in 2005. He said the figure was made up of 100 males and 72 females. Nana Kweku Ewusie VII, Omanhene of Abeadze Dominase and President of Dominase branch of the society, appealed to the people to refrain from spitting about and also to sleep in well-ventilated rooms. Nana Ataapian Kweku VIII, Chief of Woraba, near Cape Coast; Mankrado of Nkusukum Traditional Area and President of Saltpond branch, appealed to the Regional Directorate of Health Service to provide financial and logistical support for the GSPTs to fight the disease in the area as the infection rate was alarming.

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