The German Leprosy Relief Association (GLRA) has opened a Leprosy and Tuberculosis Laboratory Centre at the Largo Community Health Centre, in the Nongowa Chiefdom Kenema District.
Giving an over view, the Programme Manager of GLRA Dr. Martin Anthony Williams, explained that the focus of the program is to control leprosy in the Country, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation. He stated that leprosy nation wide is now under control and that their vision is to monitor and maintain the present standard. Dr. William disclosed that tuberculosis and AIDs are partners working together; noting that the program has designed a strategy with donors to increase the availability and access to treatment, with drugs at low cost throughout the Country. He encouraged members of the Community to ensure that people go for tests when they suspect symptoms of tuberculosis. He revealed that treatment for tuberculosis lasts for eight months; adding that two months intensive treatment would be provided for the patient.
The Secretary to the Health Committee in the Kenema District Council (KDC), Counselor Augustine Nyagua expressed gratitude to GLRA for their timely intervention to ensure that the incidence of leprosy and tuberculosis are minimized in the Largo Community.
The GLRA Country Representative, Ann Ferguson said their duty is to support the Government of Sierra Leone in providing laboratory equipments nation-wide. She called on the people to make good use of the Centre by going for TB test.