TB Myths, Misconceptions a Challenge in Nigeria

Itohowo Uko, head of Communication and Social Mobilisation of the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme, has said that they identified myths and misconceptions as major challenges affecting tuberculosis (TB) transmission, control, and prevention. According to a survey on the knowledge of TB among health workers and the public, it said 27% know of the cause of the disease while some think of it as witchcraft. Nigeria remains one of the 30 countries globally with the highest burden of the disease and ranks first in Africa with the highest number of undetected cases.

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