The 37 Military Hospital has held a day’s educational programme to sensitize patients on the effect and prevention of Tuberculosis (TB) at the premises of the Public Health Division of the Hospital on Wednesday, 24 March 2020 in Accra.
The day, observed as ‘’World Tuberculosis Day’’ was on the theme “The Clock is Ticking’’ and delivered by the head of Pediatric Human Immune Deficiency Virus (HIV) and TB Clinic of the 37 Military Hospital Maj Gyapong-Osei and the Pharmacist in charge of the TB Unit Ms Yaa Adwo Osei-Ofei.
The education was extended to the Pediatric Out Patient Department (POPD), Medical Out Patient Department (MOPD), Female Out Patient Department (FOPD) and the Civilian Polyclinic of the Hospital.
Patients were sensitized on the need to be cautious of the symptoms of an infected TB patients which include fever, persistent cough, sweat during sleep at night and loss of appetite for food. Patients were advised to seek early medical attention when they notice these signs.
Maj Gyapong-Osei hinted that, the screening and treatment of TB is free and therefore advised the general public not to self-medicate but rather, seek treatment from the hospital. She added that, TB is curable both in adults and children.
The educational programme was in partnership with two Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Ghana Education Project, Social Marketing and Stock Tuberculosis Partnership Ghana.
Tuberculosis is an infectious disease caused by a small germ (micro-organism) known as Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
The disease is commonly spread from an infected person through coughing, sneezing and spitting. The infection is contracted during close social contact with an infected person such as sharing the same room with the infected person for a period of time.
It is estimated that in the year 2012, over 15,000 people in Ghana, both adult and children were infected with the TB disease with about half of the number dying without proper treatment.