The National Leprosy and Tuberculosis Control Programme (NLTCB) funded by the German Leprosy Programme (GLP), has opened a Tuberculosis (TB) laboratory in Levuma, Kandu Leppiama chiefdom in the Kenema district.
The TB laboratory equipment and drugs were provided by NLTCB)
Chairing the opening ceremony the District Medical Officer (DMO) Kenema district Dr. Yankuba Madina Bah thanked the donors for their gesture, which he described as timely saying the laboratory, will help the community people to access the facility for TB treatment.
He called on the people to make use of the equipment and drugs, which he said are free of cost, adding that TB is a great concern to the government of Sierra Leone, that is why they are doing every thing possible together with partners to eradicate the sickness in the country.
In his contribution the chief technologist of NLTCB Dr. Abu George explained how TB affects people and therefore called on the people to go for test if they detect persistent cough for two or three weeks.
He said treatment for TB is eight weeks and the treatment is free of cost throughout the country.
Other meaningful contributions came from Dr. Martin Anthony Williams, the Paramount Chief of Kandu Leppiama Chiefdom Md. Teresa Vibbi and the Assistant programme manager of NLTCP.