TB cases increasing in Liberia

According to the National Leprosy and Tuberculosis Control Program in Liberia, the number of estimated tuberculosis cases is on the rise to approximately 326 cases per 100,000 people.

Catherine T. Cooper, the manager of the program, met with journalists at the Young Woman's Christian Association in Monrovia over the weekend to discuss the prevalence of the disease. She said that the estimated incidence for all TB forms is 272 for every 10,000 people, the Inquirer reports.

There are now 153 TB diagnostic centers in the country, with community-based TB services provided in multiple communities in Grand Cape Mount, Margibi, Bong and Montserrado counties.

"The program provides health services to TB/HIV co-infected patients at 130 health centers in the country," Cooper said, according to the Inquirer.

Charles A. Snetter, the chief executive officer and manager of Radio Monrovia, said that the TB program should include five media heads that control the information about the disease and what goes to the public. John Kollie, the manager of the Liberia Media Democracy Initiative, said that the media must take up the fight to stop TB and leprosy in the country.

"Journalism should take another trend, we should not go for what sells the papers but rather what will improve our society," Kollie said, according to the Inquirer.