Director General of Ghana health service Dr. Nsiah Asare has disclosed that government is working with the global fund to remodel a facility for a modern infectious disease hospital to contain the menace threat of multi drug resistant T.B and other emerging infectious diseases.
The project which will be sited at Nsawam is expected to be a state of the art facility which will be completed by the end of next year at a cost of 1 million dollar
Meanwhile cases of tuberculosis in the country have declined from approximately 16,000 to a little above 14,000 presently. These were made known during the launch of the national commemoration of world TB day which took place at tarkwa in the western region.
Tuberculosis continues to be one of the top ten causes of death worldwide. Statistics has shown that about twenty-seven Ghanaians die each day from tuberculosis.
Ghana recorded about fourteen thousand, six hundred and thirty –two new cases of tuberculosis in 2016. Since 2011, the annual number of reported TB cases has declined gradually from sixteen thousand to a little above fourteen thousand currently
This year’s world TB day, which was marked under the theme “unite to End TB’ was aimed at affording stakeholders, the opportunity to find a lasting solution towards W.H.O’s vision of ending tuberculosis by 2030 as well as the stigmatization towards patients.
World Health Organization’s country representative Dr. Owen Laws Kaluwa called on government and other stakeholders to work closely together to address the scourge of the diseases, ensuring no one is left behind.
He added that more investment should be made in the health care sector of the economy, especially in ensuring that patients with TB are not impoverished by the cost of treatment and care of the disese
National T.B control coordinator Dr. Frank Bonsu said the decline in T.B cases in Ghana is not a cause for celebration adding Ghana is sitting on time bomb since it is confronted with a dilemma of removing cost to patients in the face of declining resources.
The western region last year recorded a case detection of 19% and 32% for all forms and new smears pulmonary TB cases respectively with a recorded death rate of 6% in 2016 which is higher than the expected.
However, the national TB treatment success rate is now 87%.
by INA - THALIA QUANSAH