Health News of Saturday, 16 February 2013
Source: Kojo Smith
Rise-Ghana, an NGO, has stated it will provide enablers to Tuberculosis patients as a way of motivating them to visit health facilities for treatment to eradicate of the disease in the Upper East region, according to a GNA report.
Mr Awal Ahmed, Project Manager of RISE-Ghana, said despite the potential of the disease to derail the country’s efforts towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), TB have been neglected.
The NGO which is one of the major advocacy groups in the region working towards the reduction of TB says “an enabling environment will be created for various actors such health advocates, TB-affected people, CSOs and media engaged in advocacy and accountability dialogues towards stopping TB in the region”.
Mr Awal Ahmed, Project Manager of RISE-Ghana, told stakeholders at a forum to launch a TB project in Bolgatanga that his outfit would mobilize and strengthen CSOs and TB affected persons to increase response by government and other service providers towards TB and HIV-TB among others.
He called for a multi-sectoral approach to stop the spread of the disease and urged chiefs to ensure that all community members infected sought early treatment saying TB was curable if patients were supervised and encouraged to take the full treatment.