Takoradi, Oct 04, GNA -Dr kwaku Karikari, Deputy Western Regional Director in-charge of Public Health Unit (PHU) of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), has appealed to people to refrain from sending tuberculosis (TB) patients to prayer camps for treatment as the disease is not caused by spirits.
Briefing media personnel in Takoradi, he said many people resort to prayer camps without solution yet they continue to go there and die as a result.
Dr Kakari appealed to the public to assist the PHU by appealing to TB victims living in their communities to go for medical treatment.
He said some hospitals have opened a register to list TB cases, adding that the PHU is taking steps to reduce the mortality and morbidity rate due to TB transmission.
Dr Kakari said TB is second to HIV/AIDS as the greatest killer worldwide and that in 2012, 8.8 million people fell in with TB and 1.4 million died from the disease.
Dr Karikari noted that over 95 percent of TB deaths occur in low and middle income countries and it is among the top three causes of death for women between ages 15 and 44.
In 2009, 10 million children were rendered orphans as a result of TB deaths of parents.
In March, the world observed TB Day on the theme “stop TB in your lifetime” to create awareness about the disease, and in Ghana it helped to create the grounds for working with all stakeholders in order to ensure maximum coverage.