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Enugu Commissioner announces free treatment for Tuberculosis

The Enugu State Commissioner for Health, Ikechukwu Obi, says that tuberculosis is curable and its treatment is free in Enugu State.

He also noted that the state recorded 2,496 confirmed cases of Tuberculosis in 2022.

Obi, who disclosed this at a press conference to mark the 2024 World Tuberculosis Day in the state, revealed that data for 2023 is still being collated, appealing to residents with persistent coughs to go to any nearby healthcare facility for screen and treatment.

While noting that treatment of tuberculosis is completely free, the health commissioner said the state is providing TB Services in 597 Health facilities across the state.

Tuberculosis generally affects the lungs called pulmonary tuberculosis. It can also affect other parts of the body extra pulmonary tuberculosis.

However, some of the infections remains as latent tuberculosis with no symptoms. About 10 percent of the latent infection progress to active disease and can kill if left untreated.

Addressing reporters, Obi explained that Tuberculosis (TB) remains a global public health problem, with developing countries bearing the highest burden.

 

 

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