Students campaign against Tuberculosis in Kwara

Tunde Akanbi, Illorin

As the world marks Tuberculosis Day, students of University of Ilorin under the aiges of Unilorin Students’ One Health Initiative organized a sensitisation campaign against Tuberculosis in the streets of Ilorin, Kwara State capital.
The students who carried banner and placards with different inscriptions distributed flyers conveying messages on the causes, prevention and management of Tuberculosis to Drivers and sellers at Maraba Motor park and Ipata Market.
A five hundred level Student of Veterinary Medicine,  Madinat Abdulkareem underscored the importance of the campaign and enjoined any individual with persistent cough to visit health facilities for check-up and treatment.
She further explained that the most common symptom of TB is persistent cough lasting two weeks or more which is accompanied by fever, night sweat, weight loss, chest pain, loss of appetite, coughing up of blood mixed with sputum and tiredness.
Abdulkareem added that the spread of TB could be attributed to poor hygienic conditions, indiscriminate spitting of sputum and poor cough etiquette and smoking.
Also speaking, another student, Michael Ogunyemi identified Tuberculosis as a deadly disease with 10,000 cases in Nigeria yearly.
 Ogunyemi explained that the purpose of the rally was to sensitise members of the public on the adverse effect of Tuberculosis, its management and prevention.
Speaking in the same vein, Lateefat Folorunsho  urged relevant organisations to support the fight against Tuberculosis in the country.
Folorunsho promised that the body which is a conglomerate of students from medical and paramedics would continue to come together and tackle animal, human and environmental diseases in the society.
Every twenty-fourth of March is dedicated as World Tuberculosis Day and this year’s campaign is tagged: “Its time to end TB”