By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
Some selected Journalists drawn from seven states in Nigeria on Tuesday participated in a one-day media orientation on Tuberculosis (TB) reporting
The states that participated in the training held simultaneously via Zoom on Tuesday April 20, 2021 are, Anambra, Borno, Sokoto, Kogi, Kaduna, Jigawa and Yobe.
In a presentation titled, “TB Cough Versus COVID-19 Cough: What The Media Personnel Must Know” Dr. Bolatito Aiyenigba said that cough is the most stigmatized symptom for COVID-19.
“Have you noticed peope don’t cough any how any more?” She observed.
She explained that whereas COVID 19 presents dry cough, high grade fever and appears quicky between 2 to 14 days after exposure, TB cough comes wth sputum and a low grade fever..
Speaking further, she explained that COVID-19 symptoms disappear after approximately 14 days, while that of TB appears gradualy (often over a period of weeksor longer and persists if not treated).
In cases of emergencies, she also explained that while the COVID-19Call line is 6232, that for TB is 3340.
In his presentation titled, “Human Angle TB Stories Tips” a media consultant, Mr. Eze Eze Ogali told participants that their stories can have far reaching impact if they focus on people in an engaging way.
“A human angle story focuses on a person or people, or in a very emotional and engaging waytheir problems, concerns, orachievements in a way that brings about motivation in the audience,” he said.
He explained that at the heart of any human angle story is the affected people.
“It is people sharing their uniquestories in an emotional, interesting and engaging way,” he stressed.
Ogali said that human angle stories could be about overcoming adversary, acts of bravery, raising awareness, unsung heroes, opening up about a victim’s condition and experience, to help educate others.
He added that human angle could also be funny stories or tales of exceptional achievement.
Earlier, participants were told by Mrs. Itohowo Uko of Nigeria Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme (NTBLCP) there is no point stigmatising people on TB, because after two months of treatment, the tendency of infecting people reduces.
She stressed that early detection and treatment is key to eradication of TB from the society.
Mrs. Uko added that TB diagnosis and treatment are free in all government health facilities nationwide.