Greetings to the wonderful people of Rivers State, and welcome to another episode of Rivethics on Radio, our character-building weekend show. Please remember that the highest cause of death in the developing world is ignorance not disease. Our topic this week is on the Disease Tuberculosis, in commemoration of the World Tuberculosis Day, which comes up is on March 24th.
Tuberculosis is a serious disease that ought to be taken very seriously. The statistics are staggering:
Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide.
In 2016, 10.4 million people fell ill with TB, and 1.7 million died from the disease. Over 95% of TB deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, like Nigeria.
Seven countries account for 64% of the total, with India leading the count, followed by Indonesia, China, Philippines, Pakistan, Nigeria, and South Africa.
In 2016, an estimated 1 million children became ill with TB and 250 000 children died of TB.
TB is a leading killer of HIV-positive people: in 2016, 40% of HIV deaths were due to TB.
It’s not all negative. There are some positive statistics also:
An estimated 53 million lives were saved through TB diagnosis and treatment between 2000 and 2016.
Ending the TB epidemic by 2030 is among the health targets of the Sustainable Development Goals.
One of the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 is to end the global TB epidemic. The WHO “End TB Strategy”, approved by the World Health Assembly in 2014, calls for a 90% reduction in TB deaths and an 80% reduction in the TB incidence rate by 2030, compared with 2016. To this end, the WHO is working with governments to establish screening and treatment centres worldwide. We also have our free screening and treatment centres here in Rivers State, where people with symptoms of the disease can go for medical check-up, diagnosis and treatment. The least we can do is to understand this kind of conversations and act on them by spreading the message to our families and friends. May I also call on the NGO community to be more active in this area, in order to create better awareness and empower more people to contribute to the realisation of the milestones set by the United Nations towards the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal 3 – which is, Good Health and Well Being for Humanity.
Our guest speaker today is a distinguished medical Consultant and Public Health Physician, Dr. Inuma Ojule. She will educate us on the disease and advise on prevention and treatment. Please enjoy the episode.
Our good people of Rivers State, don’t forget to always let your manners speak for you.
God bless and keep you and your families and God bless Rivers State.
Her Excellency, Justice (Mrs.) Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike, the Wife of His Excellency, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, the Governor of Rivers State, and initiator of the RivEthics Character Development Programme
You can also listen to and download the Pidgin English version of this Episode below