The National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme has urged the media to assist in enlightening the public on the causes, prevention and treatment of tuberculosis .

The Director a Uko, made the request on Wednesday in Umuahia during a virtual seminar organised for journalists in Abia and Enugu.

According to newsmen, Oko said tuberculosis kills more people than coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria, adding that the media had a lot of roles to play toward its reduction.

She said more than 18 person die of tuberculosis per hour in Nigeria, according to World Health Organisation report.

Quoting the report, she also said that 157,000 persons died of tuberculosis in Nigeria in 2019.

Uko said that the inability of TB patients to access medication during the Coronavirus lockdown worsened the spread of the disease in the country.

She identified symptoms of tuberculosis as fever, loss of weight and protracted cough.

Uko said that tuberculosis was curable contrary to misinformation, urging people with persistent cough that had lasted for two weeks to go for a test.

She said that with early diagnosis, tuberculosis could be cured within six months, adding that its treatment is free at designated hospitals in the country.

She, however, urged TB patients to endeavour to complete the treatment cycle of six months to avoid its relapse.

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