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GHCT also supported the Twifo Hemang Lower Denkyira District Health Directorate of the Ghana Health Service to embark on a sensitization project with the objective of increasing the case detection rate of Tuberculosis in the Jukwa sub-district to reduce its spread. Activities implemented for the project include: screening of community members in Bremang, Krobo, Watreso and Jukwa Sefwi; training of chemical sellers aimed at improving knowledge and assisting case referral to the health facility; improving self-testing through community health education; screening of all immediate contacts of known TB patients; refresher training for community volunteers on Tuberculosis case detection; and sensitization of faith-based-organization sensitization on tuberculosis.

Ultimately, 30 community volunteers were trained in the sub district; 30 chemical sellers were trained and 14 of them referred cases for laboratory investigation; 392 community members were screened and 102 samples were picked for laboratory investigation; 700 community members were educated through the community information centers, churches, schools and durbars; 75 immediate family members of known TB clients were screened and 12 samples were taken for laboratory investigation.

The project which was implemented between July and September 2020 also resulted in the detection of 10 positive cases of TB; 14 suspected TB cases referred from chemical sellers with 3 confirmed positive; improved community knowledge on TB; enhanced voluntary testing; and placement of 10 positive cases TB treatment.

Community volunteers being trained

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