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TB killed 192 in Adamawa in 2013 –Official

Programme Manager, Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control, Adamawa State, Dr. Stephen John,  said 192 persons were killed by tuberculosis in the state in 2013.

John, who made this known at World Tuberculosis Day 2014 in Yola, added that 3,300 cases of the disease were detected in the year under review, News Agency of Nigeria reports.

He stated that he was once invited to the state abattoir by a meat inspector to examine tuberculosis found in a cattle meat.

John said Adamawa had the highest tuberculosis cases in the North-East, adding that the state government, with the support of World Health Organisation and non-governmental organisations, was making progress in detecting more infected persons.

He said 142 treatment centres with 44 laboratories had been established across the state for free diagnosis.

Also, Director of Livestock Production, Ministry of Livestock Production, Mr. Adamu Kadala, said two of its livestock officers at Yola Central Abattoir died recently of tuberculosis.

Kadala added that the deceased, who were junior officers, “were confirmed to have been infected with tuberculosis due to their unsafe and direct contact with cattle meats during inspection.”

He described the situation as horrible because of people being infected by the killer disease.

The director called for urgent screening of those working in the abattoir and the livestock to protect the people in the state from tuberculosis.

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