A non-governmental organistion, Health Education and Empowerment Initiative, HEDEN, has drawn attention to the dangers of tuberculosis on human beings and the need to work against it.
The group launched the campaign against the disease, through its third edition of the Annual Youth Service day held at Bezer Hotels, Ota, Ogun State.
The theme of the programme is “Tuberculosis in children – An unholy union.”
According to the Executive Director of HEDEN, who is also a public health expert, Mrs. Folasade Ofurune, the focus on tuberculosis was to contribute to bringing an end to it by Year 2030.
“We are dealing with a disease that has serious consequences on the affected individuals, families and also our economy as a nation,” said Ofurune.
Highlighting the danger of the disease, she said it had over the years, turned children to orphans and killed many bread-winners with severe consequences on the economic welfare of families.
Students of various schools participated in the event.
The schools represented included High Grade School; FOCOM College; Sapphire Model College, BEMA International College; Great Success Schools, Tudell Academy, Whiterose College and Triumphant College.
The programme featured panel discussions, quiz and each school’s Seeds of Hope club projects.
The students were given the opportunity to make presentations on the theme.
Students from different schools had their respective presentations highlighting basic facts about tuberculosis, its dangers; how it is contracted; how it can be prevented and steps to take in seeking cure.