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15,000 infected with TB in 2012

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

Dr Enimil explained that TB, which was primarily an airborne disease, could affect every part of the body, but said the rate of infection among adults was low due to their strong immune system.

“Children can easily progress from infection to disease because of poorly developed immune system,“ he explained, adding “most adults have been infected but do not have the disease”.

Assuring that tuberculosis was curable, Dr Enimil said it was important for the public to seek basic information on the disease to reduce the rate of infection.

For his part the Ashanti Regional Deputy Director of Health, Dr. Joseph Oduro, appealed to the media to collaborate with health practitioners to educate the public on the effects of tuberculosis and their socio-economic effects on the state.

He said educating the public to appreciate the effect of the disease would motivate them to take precautionary measures to reduce the level of infections.

“Together we can educate the public for them to understand the effect of the disease thereby reducing the incidence of TB infection in the country,” he noted.

Story by George Ernest Asare