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Tuberculosis kills 192 in Adamawa – Official

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tuberculosis was found in a cow that was slaughtered,  an expert said.

The Programme Manager, Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control in Adamawa State, Stephen John, said 192 persons were killed by tuberculosis in the State in 2013 with most of the infections emanating from abattoirs.

Mr. John, who made this known at World Tuberculosis Day 2014 in Yola, said 3,300 cases of the disease were detected in the year under review.

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

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

He said that 142 Treatment Centres with 44 laboratories had been established across the state for free diagnosis.

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

Mr. 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 the possibility of hundreds of thousands 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 lives of people in the state from tuberculosis.

(NAN)

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