Tuberculosis: Alcoholics, stone quarry workers high risk- Health Expert

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Susanna Osei, Health Promotions officer at the Kaneshie Polyclinic in Accra, has mentioned persons who are at high risk in contracting Tuberculosis.

According to her, alcoholics, chain smokers and people who work at stone quarry sites are likely to contract Tuberculosis than any other group of persons.

This statement by the public health officer is in line with the World Tuberculosis Day, observed on 24 March each year.

The day is designed to build public awareness about the global epidemic of tuberculosis (TB) and efforts to eliminate the disease.

In 2018, 10 million people fell ill with TB, and 1.5 million died from the disease, mostly in low and middle-income countries making the infection the leading cause of death from an infectious disease.

The 2021 day is being observed under the theme,  “The Clock is Ticking’ suggesting that the world is running out of time to act on the commitments to end TB made by global leaders.

Speaking on Atinka FM’s AM Drive with host Kaakyire Ofori, Susanna Osei, noted that the dust at the quarry sites and smoke from cigarettes, when inhaled over time cause Tuberculosis.

“Heavy drinkers and chain smokers are advised to desist from the act as they have been identified as high risk persons. People who work at quarry sites should also wear protective gear to protect them from the dust. Tuberculosis is real and the onus lie on all of us to help minimize the impact”, Susanna Osei told Kaakyire Ofori Ayim.

She encouraged persons who have contracted the disease to seek early treatment from the nearest health facility.

She also advised new mothers not to skip the Bacillle Calmette-Guèrin (BCG) vaccines given to babies after birth as it protects them from the dire effects of Tuberculosis in the future.

Ghana | | Vivian Adu Boatemaa