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Ghana National TB Voice Network

Ghana National TB Voice Network was founded in 2007 by Chief Austin Arinze Obiefuna with the support of Afro Global Alliance and Chest Clinic, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital. In 2013, with the support of the West Africa AIDS Foundation the network received capacity building to reform its intervention approach as a Community group.

TB Voice Network is a network of people who have survived tuberculosis and affected by the disease and wish to share their experience with other infected patients with the hope of battling the negative consequences of TB.

Often TB could be more easily prevented and/or cured by providing adequate access to information and knowledge and by fighting stigma and discrimination. Starting as a small community originally based in Accra, our aim is to empower TB communities not only in Accra but also in the rest of Ghana in order to build their capacity and increase their knowledge of the disease.

Statistics from the Ashanti Regional Health Directorate show that tuberculosis (TB) infection is on the decline in the region.

A total of 2,241 cases, were reported last year, compared with the year 2015 figure of 2,367.

Dr. Kwesi Yeboah Awudzi, the Deputy Regional Health Director, said it represented a 2.7 per cent reduction.
He asked that this should however not make anybody complacent, but spur health workers and everybody on to sustain the momentum of the fight against the disease.

Tuberculosis, he indicated, was curable and encouraged patients to report early to the hospital, more so when its treatment was free.
His advice came as Ghana joined countries across the globe to mark the World TB Day.

“Unite to end TB” was the theme chosen for this year’s event, to promote public awareness of the disease, which had remained an epidemic – causing one-and-a-half million deaths, mostly in developing nations.

Dr. Awudzi spoke of what he termed “a worrying trend of multiple-drug resistant-TB” where treatment of the disease, using isoniazid and rifampicin drugs was becoming ineffective.

“The condition arises when patients fail to take the prescriptions rightly causing the TB bacillus – the causal agent, to overcome the effects of the isoniazid and rifampicin drug”. He reminded patients to stick to doctors’ prescriptions and to take their drugs regularly to avoid treatment failure.

Dr. Awudzi urged people to avoid crowded places and to cover their mouths and nose when coughing or sneezing.


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