Out of the College of Pharmacy’s desire to achieve the goal of protecting society from diseases, the Unit of Community Service at the College of Pharmacy organized an awareness lecture about Pulmonary Tuberculosis. The lecture was delivered by Dr. Marwa Ahmed Al-Ashwah, the lecturer at the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at the College on Tuesday 3 April 2018 at “145 Primary School” and “16 Middle School”.
The lecture included defining tuberculosis as one of the most common infectious diseases in the world. It is the result of a mycobacterium infection which attacks the lungs and may affect other parts of the body such as the kidneys, brain and spinal cord.
The lecturer also explained the ways this disease spreads, such as through spray from a sneezing or coughing person spreading the infection to another, or the result of direct contact with the patient and inhaling air contaminated with the infectious bacteria.
Dr. Marwa explained the symptoms of the disease in detail. They included continuous coughing for a period of nearly three weeks, in addition to blood with coughing, chest pain and ache on breathing, as well as fever and loss of both weight and appetite.
As the lecture came to an end, Dr. Marwa explained the most prominent ways to diagnose the disease, such as skin and blood examinations. She also explained the most important ways to treat the illness, using various kinds of antibiotics.
Delivering similar lectures is a habit adopted by the College of Pharmacy, as it always seeks to spread health awareness, as well as offer great services to the community.