NIGERIANS have been urged to always go for medical tests intermitently, particularly on diagnosis of Tuberculosis (TB) to checkmate the disease and other related ailments.
An expert in medicine and staff members of National Orientation Agency(NOA),Dr. Femi Ayoola, stated this during virtual media roundtable aimed to build the capacity of media professionals to effectively report and enlighten people on causes and treatment of TB.
Dr. Ayoola said a that to prevent spread of TB, there must be a change in the perception of TB to show that it is still a problem; and that it can kill.
He said it has become necessary to bring all stakeholders on board and change the communication objectives of TB so as to help change its perception.
“Let TB be perceived as an emergency; all media and stakeholders must do risk assessment of people at risk of TB in their environment.
“We must use various media platforms to build effective communication about TB.We must engage media to write human interest stories .”he emphaised.
According to Ayoola, there should be strategic stakeholders meeting involving community leaders, traditional and religious leaders to educate them that TB is caused by