Medical Research Institute (MRC)-The Gambia recently embarked on a daylong
sensitisation for Pirang community in the West Coast Region on the prevention
of Tuberculosis diseases.
According to MRC officials, the aim of the sensitisation was to bring people’s attention to the prevention, risk, signs and symptoms of tuberculosis disease, which was part of MRC Gambia’s activities.
Speaking at the event, Dr. Olumuyiwa Owolabi, head clinician at MRC, said it was part of MRC activities to do research, monitor and to see how people are responding to their medical treatments, as well as development of vaccine and other related issues, in order to prevent TB in The Gambia.
He disclosed that The Gambia is among 30 countries in the whole world where there is TB prevalence.
He explained that TB is a disease that is caused by bacteria, which is transmitted through the air, noting that TB usually affects the lungs.
Dr. Owolabi assured that MRC would work hand-in-hand with the Government of The Gambia and the National TB Control office in order to eradicate the disease in the country.
He then urged people not to discriminate against patients with the disease, noting that all what they want was support.
For her part, Kaddy Touray of Pirang, thanked MRC for the initiative, aimed at raising awareness on the scourge.
Touray gave some of the signs of an affected person, such as weakness of the body, weight loss, fever and night sweats, among others.
She urged all TB patients to respond to their treatment on time and take their medication accordingly.