In other to achieve the goal of ending the TB burden by 2030, HEDEN extended the TB awareness campaign to schools In Ogun state. The awareness campaign kicked off with program at High grade school, Arepo, Ijoko. Ogun state. The event includes talks on TB, the basic facts about TB, visual aids presentation on cases of TB in the country, and video presentation on TB and its ravaging effects.
According to the Executive Director of HEDEN,Mrs Folasade Ofurune, the school-based strategy is that the students, once aware, will be able to serve as advocates in their respective homes and neighborhoods by spreading the message.
This is crucial because the proportion of undetected TB cases is even higher in children where 87% of the estimated TB cases in this group are undetected. The children bear the highest burden of missed TB cases.
Children, due to their weak immune system are prone to develop TB when exposed to an infectious TB case. The disease progression among children is faster, leading to high death rate among them, hence the need to reach the young ones with life-saving information.
She further stated that HEDEN is working hard to end the menace through outreaches and awareness in the communities. We decided to infuse this awareness into our school-based programmes by reaching in-school youths as this will have a multiplier effect on the reach of information on the disease.
The program concluded with questions and answers session where gray areas were addressed.
The TB toll-free line (08002255282) was also displayed for the students to copy in case there are suspected cases of TB in their neighborhood, they can contact the number.
The Executive Director therefore calls on corporate organizations to support the TB control effort in their determination to reach many more schools in the months ahead. Our target is to get to about 50 schools before the end of the year she concluded.