The National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme (NTBLCP) says only 25 per cent of Nigerians have knowledge about tuberculosis, decrying the low level of awareness about the disease in the country.
Mrs Itohowo Uko, NTBLCP Head of Communication and Social Mobilisation, said this during an advocacy visit to the Managing Director of NAN, Mr Bayo Onanuga, on Tuesday in Abuja.
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According to her, it is imperative to seek for the agency’s collaboration in order to sensitise the public to the prevention, causes and symptoms of tuberculosis.
“Tuberculosis knowledge in Nigeria is low; it is 25 per cent of the populace that have knowledge about tuberculosis.
“Tuberculosis which is an airborne disease is treatable and curable.
“As part of our activities to mark this year’s Tuberculosis Day, we have decided to collaborate with the media to sensitise the public because of its power to reach people.