The Physician specialist of the cape oast teaching hospital, Dr. Elizabeth Tabitha Abbew, has appealed to the general public not to seek treatment of tuberculosis at the spiritual centers since tuberculosis has nothing to with spiritual diseases.
"About 90% of tuberculosis cases affect a person's health and for that reason if someone is coughing at home as a result of TB they must make sure to identify such person fast to be able to administer early treatment in order not to spread the disease" Dr. Tabitha disclosed.
She observed that TB is an infection and not a spiritual disease, saying "we have different beliefs therefore if you believe that the TB you are suffering from is a spiritual attack, then that is okay but the person must visit the hospital to be checked and given free medication and free diagnosis after that you do your spiritual believe/exercise".
Dr. Tabitha made this remarks at the world tuberculosis day at OLA college of education which was organized by the Ghana science association in a collaboration with COA research a manufacture company limited.
In an interview with Peace News'Sally Ngissah, Dr. Tabitha called on the general public especially TB patients to come to the hospital to enable them get tested "and if it turns out to be tuberculosis we will administer treatment for you, and therefore urge everyone to come so we can eradicate TB by the year 2035".
The Central Regional Disease Control officer who double as the regional TB coordinator, Mr Charles Kofi Eshun on his part said there's going to be an exercise which the doctors in the hospital will be testing patients with tuberculosis every month to see whether they have malaria, hypertension, diabetes or any other diseases whenever they visit the hospital.
"This is because we have realised that those are what actually kills patients with TB, because if they are diagnosed with TB and we only administer TB drugs to them, but fail to administer drugs for any of the above mentioned diseases should they have it, it ends up killing them" he added.