Ghana joins the rest in the continent to observe World Tuberculosis Day 2017 under the theme is ‘Unite to End TB’ today, March 24, 2017.
The main aim behind the celebration of this day is to fight tuberculosis and eradicate this deadly disease that has been claiming millions of life.
Tuberculosis is a deadly infectious disease that claims more than 1.7 million lives every year all over the world.
In Ghana, TB mortality rate is considered high at 7.5 per every 1,000 infected and the prevalence is 264 per 100,000 in general population.
Tuberculosis is a communicable disease caused by a bacterium which mostly attacks the lungs and other organs of the body.
The disease is transmitted from a sick patient to another through coughing, singing and sneezing and its major symptoms are coughs, which last for more than two weeks, loss of weight, tiredness, night sweats, chest pain and cough with blood-stained sputum.