The National TB & Leprosy Control Programme (NTBLCP) in collaboration with the Stop TB Partnership Nigeria and the Treatment Action Group (TAG) have launched a Storyboard on former Drug Resistance, (DR)-TB Patients booklet.
The Storyboard is an educative and entertaining material that highlight the DR-TB journey of former patients and their success story.
Sharing their stories at DR-TB treatment Literacy training and Launch of Storyboard in Abuja, two of the survivors Mrs Adebola Tope Adams and Umar Abdulbaki said their journey to healing took them years before they could be free from TB.
Taking over the Microphone, Adebola said ” When i was on admission i have seen people died, but am grateful to God that i survived,
In 2004 after my dad died, going home from school during the end of a semester, i noticed i was coughing from Akure to Ibadan, this took me from one treatment center ,private clinic and herbal treatment center to another.
‘I took over 500 injections, i had to submit myself at the treatment center, when i completed my treatment i had regained my lost weight, i looked fresh like someone that travelled out of the country, thanks to God, and the care and treatment i got at the DOC center.”
For Umar from Kano state, who shared a touching story, of how his fiancée left him because of his TB status, got the wrong medical diagnosis,( medical expert that attended to him, said he had kidney problem) .
I was born in Kano, he said, In 2002 i had an encounter with Tb, my neighbor gave me herbal remedy to use, comprising of Lemon and Honey, which i took but no remedy,
My treatment took six month and i had injections for two months everyday ,because i was young i skipped some days, and the TB relapsed, i missed a lot of doses, this affected me negatively., but now am heal
The TB survivors who expressed the hope their stories can encourage people with latent TB infection to complete treatment and prevent the development of TB disease, urged government and other stakeholders to empower survivors ‘
Launching the booklet, the National Coordinator, National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Programme Dr. Chukwuma Anyaike said there was need to cut the Tb transmission chain,
He noted that the Storyboard would encourage others ,to submit themselves for diagnosis and treatment of the disease which is curable and can be eradicated.
“We need support, especially financial support to be able to breach this gap and eradicate the disease,“We have 440,000 new cases of TB in this country and the highest number of cases we notified was in 2020. If compared with our estimation, you will find out we have above 300,000 cases still missing,” he said.
Also the Executive Secretary, Stop TB partnership, Mr. Mayowa Joel said the organisation would not hesitate to partner well meaning organisations to improve on the health need of Nigerians
“Despite significant progress over the last decades, TB remains the world’s deadliest infectious killer. Each day, nearly 3,975 people lose their lives to TB and close to 27,397 people fall ill with this preventable and curable disease.”
The DR-TB literacy training is an intervention to scale-up community responses to Drug-resistant TB (DR-TB) in Nigeria. The project aims to trprovide capacity strengthening and technical assistance to DR-TB affected communities and supportive civil society organizations through the provision of diagnosis and treatment literacy training, supporting communities to articulate and frame local constraints and barriers to TB care and cure, and by strengthening how communities translate these issues into advocacy initiativ