The world is currently battling the COVID -19 pandemic whose waves almost drowned the recognition of the World Tuberculosis Day, observed on 24 March each year. This day is set aside to build public awareness about the global epidemic of tuberculosis and to advocate the numerous efforts made to eliminate the disease. Today is world TB day and we at Grandville will want to share some vital information about Tuberculosis. TB remains the world’s deadliest infectious killer. Each day, over 4000 people lose their lives to TB and close to 30,000 people fall ill with this preventable and curable disease. Global efforts to combat TB have saved an estimated 58 million lives since the year 2000. It is also one of the various diseases that currently increases the risk of fatal COVID -19 infection.

Sadly, Nigeria and other developing countries are at the fore front of the regions ravaged by Tuberculosis and other vaccine preventable infectious diseases.

What is Tuberculosis?

Tuberculosis (TB) as it is commonly called is a contagious infection that usually attacks your lungs. It can spread to other parts of your body, like your brain and spine. It is caused by the bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

How does it feel to have TB?

There aren’t any symptoms for latent TB. You’ll need to get a skin or blood test to find out whether you have it.

There are usually signs if you have active TB disease. They include:

  • A cough that lasts more than 3 weeks
  • Chest pain
  • Coughing up blood
  • Feeling tired all the time
  • Night sweats
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss

If you have any of these symptoms, see your doctor to get tested. Get medical help right away if you have chest pain.

Children in countries where TB is common often get the BCG vaccine. It is very important and cannot be overemphasized that you get your children immunized against this killer disease.

For more information, you can visit any of our centers for consultations or call for bookings and online consultations

  • Lekki: 08171530599
  • Surulere: 08164548279
  • Abuja: 08173233025

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