Did you know that 1.1 million people die from Tuberculosis (TB) yearly? This statistic is not as scary as the revelation that, the true burden of the disease; the cost of controlling the disease, its effect and the risk factors it places on our society is unknown.
Recent new estimates however place Ghana as one of the countries likely to achieve the Millennium Development Goal for TB by 2015.
The validity of this estimate however can only be proven, when the true estimate of the burden of TB in Ghana is determined. The need therefore for a population based prevalence survey to estimate the effects of the disease by identifying new strategies to control Tuberculosis have never been more relevant.
This survey, which has been endorsed and is being supported by the Global Task Team for Prevalence Surveys of the World Health Organization (WHO), would provide the Ministry of Health in Ghana relevant information on the true burden and effects of Tuberculosis in Ghana.
This would also provide the opportunity to implement an exclusive tele-medicine intervention in Ghana.
Results from this survey would contribute to the global knowledge of public health control of Tuberculosis.
In order to conduct this survey, the team needs to be adequately resourced. Among a number of equipments and other resources required to conduct these surveys is an efficient internet service provided by means of modems and data packages to support image transmission by digital x-ray.
One of the leading telecommunications service providers in Ghana, Tigo continues to show its support in the health sector and understands the need to contribute to the general well being of society. As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative themed “Supporting Communities, Improving Lives” as well as its brand promise to put smiles on the faces of many, Tigo Ghana, fully supported the National Launching of World TB DAY &National TB Prevalence Survey at the Golden Jubilee Park in Kumasi by donating modems and unlimited Internet data for a year worth over GHC 3000 on Friday, 22nd of March, 2013.
The presentation was made by Mr. Ernest Agbedanu, a representative of Tigo in the Ashanti Region when delivering a short speech, essentially living up to the maxim that; “Creating a strong business and building a better world are not conflicting goals – they are both essential ingredients for long-term success”.
The donations are aimed at creating awareness on Tuberculosis and its effects in Ghana. He said: “As a result, Tigo has set itself the duty of donating the modems and data packages” reiterating that, “they are confident that the modems and data packages would facilitate an efficient and effective internet service which would support image transmission by digital x-ray.”
He stated that, Tigo would continue to support such worthy causes.