Detection of TB Cases through School Engagement; Story of Madam Yemisi
Following the strategies of finding the missing cases came the idea to extend the House-to-House Active TB case search to schools. During this process, a Community TB Worker under Peniel Global Foundation, Mr Simeon Olugbodi, found a Presumptive TB patient, Madam Yemisi Abioye who is a Nursery School Teacher in Awo, Egbodore LGA in Osun State, Nigeria. (Presumptive TB patients are persons who appear to show signs and symptoms related to TB)
“I have been coughing for more than two years and have visited many spiritual homes, pharmacy shops, hospitals after which I will be placed on several drugs with no improvement. When the CTW approached me, I was not interested in any treatment again because I was already frustrated, but my husband encouraged me to get screened and I reluctantly agreed,” says Madam Yemisi.
The CTW collected her sputum sample and the time result came out positive for Tuberculosis. Yemisi Abioye was relieved to have found a solution to her problems such that when she was placed on treatment, she followed up religiously to complete her TB drugs for the 6-month duration.
“She is happy to be completely free of TB now. She has regained my strength and doing very fine,” says Simeon Olugbodi, the CTW incharge of her care.
“I appreciate the support given to me by the CTWs who did not relent in encouraging me to get treated and I also appreciate the team that supported the project. I am proud to be an ambassador of TB and I am willing to encourage anybody who is experiencing the kind of cough I had to get screened.” Says Yemisi Abioye.