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Chinonyerem Ukweni is a Corps Member fighting Tuberculosis in Ondo State

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Chinonyerem Ukweni, a resident of Abia State and graduate of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, was posted to Ondo State for the compulsory youth service.

Knowing no one and nowhere, Chinonyerem, a doctor serving with the Ondo State Veterinary Hospital, knew she was passionate about one thing: public health. She decided to begin an awareness campaign of the world’s top killer among infectious and curable diseases, tuberculosis.

Chinonyerem began filming a documentary on the public health significance of tuberculosis, themed Find TB, Treat All, #EndTB. She is also building a co-op male/female toilet at the Arabirin Betty Akeredolu Market, Oda Road.

With the project beginning on the 18th of March, Chinonyerem has tested 70 people for tuberculosis, and has visited three radio stations in the state to raise awareness on the disease:

A campaign launched at the Araromi Market targeting the abattoir workers on the 23rd of March, of which 50 volunteers got tested for tuberculosis.

A second campaign was held at the semi-mechanised abattoir targeting the cattle traders on the 17th of April, and a total of 20 volunteers got tested for tuberculosis.

The team visited and discussed tuberculosis on three different radio stations: Breeze FM, Orange FM and Empire FM. All had tons of engagements in form of phone calls from the listeners.

The building of the co-joined male/female toilet started on the 1st of June, after getting all the necessary approvals. The building features a block (male/female compartments), a well, a suck away pit and an asepsis pit.

The project is expected to run for six months, and Chinonyerem can be reached at jedidiahsamuels8(at)gmail(dot)com for support.

14 Comments

  1. Ayobami Ojekunle

    June 25, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    Most people think Tuberculosis is just another cough related disease,but it is extremely deadly. I once lost a friend from it. I’m happy someone is actually taking a step to create awareness of how deadly the disease is.

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  2. Babatee

    June 26, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    Wow. This is just the kind of people we need in our society. Kudos to the young lady

    1
  3. Cutepoison

    June 26, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    Heaven knows because of you , I’m glad that I’m a Nigerian

    1
  4. Gbenga Olubuse

    June 26, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    Weldone Dr

    1
  5. Keren Kasham Ishaya

    June 26, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    Thank you for this Doctor!!!!

    Just amazing

    1
  6. Eric clever

    June 27, 2019 at 8:52 am

    This is one of the greatest steps ever taken in life. Tuberculosis has cost me the life of a dear child hood friend, this awareness is one of its kind to eliminate if not eradicate the silent killer #TB. More grace to this young and vibrant Doctor. May others yet to come follow this exemplary service of yours.

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  7. Alex

    June 27, 2019 at 9:40 am

    Such a brilliant initiative. I hope the authorities are taking note and will do the needful to support this industrious young doctor.

    1
  8. Chico

    June 27, 2019 at 9:48 am

    She is the definition of an african woman, I am super proud of you doc.

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  9. robert ochill

    June 27, 2019 at 10:17 am

    Good job my Doctor.. I know you’ve just started and you’re going to do more. All the best

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  10. Chioma Mkpado

    June 27, 2019 at 11:43 am

    My dearest colleague am so proud of you… Keep soaring higher…

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  11. Ifeanyi prosper

    June 27, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    More oil to u My sis. I ve always believed in ur strength.. Find TB End TB in Nigeria
    This is so awesome..

  12. #BAU

    June 27, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    Soar
    Roar
    It’s in your DNA

    1
  13. Esther Mecha

    June 27, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    Keep up the good work Doctor.
    Am proud of you .

    1
  14. Eugenia

    June 28, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    Go girl! I’m proud of you

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