MEMBERS of the Offinso Traditional Council have been sensitised to the causes, treatment, prevention and management of tuberculosis (TB), at a day’s workshop on the disease at Offinso.
The workshop was part of efforts by the government to partner traditional authorities and other identifiable organisations to devise ways of improving the health of the people.
The one-day sensitisation programme afforded the chiefs the opportunity to ask the resource persons questions bothering their minds about the disease, and they were provided with answers.
The National TB Control Programme provided sponsorship for the programme.
The Nifahene of Offinso, Nana Kwaku Duah II, under whose initiative the sensitisation programme was organised, told the Daily Graphic that Nananom played a crucial role in the overall development of their people.
“As chiefs we are always with the people and are ready to inform them on the dangers of diseases,” he said.
Nana Duah was confident that ways would be found to get the chiefs informed on other areas of health.
The Ashanti Regional Head of Laboratory Services, Mr Emmanuel Awuah Nyantakyi, who was a resource person at the workshop, said the Ministry of Health took serious view of the re-emergence of TB and had consequently put in place measures to check it.
He said vaccination against the disease was ongoing and expressed the hope that parents would send their children to the health centres for vaccination.
Mr Nyantakyi said the government was spending so much resource on the disease, and expressed the hope that the collaboration with traditional authorities would prevent the spread of the disease and reduce some of the burden of the government.
He called for intensive education on the disease since that was one of the surest ways of addressing the dangers of the disease.
Mr Nyantakyi stated that if not treated well, TB could bring about a bigger problem.
Consequently, he asked patients to take their treatment regime with all seriousness.
The Omanhene of Offinso, Nana Wiafe Akenten III, commended the National TB Control Programme for supporting their efforts at checking the spread of the disease in the traditional area.
He gave the assurance that the traditional council would take the exercise seriously.