Tonto Dikeh joins fight against tuberculosis

Popular actress, Tonto Dikeh’s foundation has joined two non-governmental organisations to launch a campaign to put Nigerians on alert against the killer disease, tuberculosis.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that the NGOs are the Tonto Dikeh Foundation, Godspower Oshodin Global Foundation and Help from the South Foundation.

Dikeh, who doubles as the ambassador for the initiative, said that the campaign was aimed at launching an offensive against the disease.

The actress said that Nigeria was at constant risk of the disease, going by the World Health Organisation’s prediction, hence the need to start an early awareness campaign to guard against its spread.

“Tuberculosis lives among us. We are all at constant risk. It is frightening to hear that the disease now kills even more than HIV/Aids and malaria.

“And, the irony is that it is curable. We commend what the government is doing; however, we shall be taking the tuberculosis awareness to the next level,” she said.

Dikeh added that she would use her celebrity status to influence the campaign and would constantly inform her fans nationwide and beyond the shores of Nigeria about the danger of the airborne disease.