FG,USAID Sign MOU To Accelerate Tuberculosis Response
The Federal Ministry of Health and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have signed an agreement to accelerate response to tuberculosis a public health challenge in Nigeria.
While signing the agreement in Abuja,the Mission Director, USAID Nigeria, Mr Stephen Haykin reiterated the commitment of the agency to work with relevant stakeholders to end tuberculosis.
According to him, USAID had made a commitment of 200 million dollars to fight TB in Nigeria in the past.
“We are in partnership not only with the government of Nigeria but with the private sector and other international actors to accelerate and reach out more rapidly to find those missing TB cases and proffer counselling and treatment,’’ Haykin said.
On his part, the Officer in Charge, World Health Organisation, Nigeria, Dr Clement Peters, noted that the signing of the agreement was a milestone in Nigeria’s efforts at ending TB as a public health challenge.
“It also signifies how the partnership is strong for government and people of Nigeria in the overall efforts to halt the spread of TB in the country.”
WHO is also working to provide technical support for the implementation of the National Strategic Plan for TB “
Dr Peters who reiterated the commitment of the organisation towards ending TB in Nigeria. said that the organisation was one of the technical partners working closely with the government of Nigeria to ensure that necessary strategies to end TB were in place.
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole observed that the incidence of tuberculosis was still very high globally and many of such cases were in Nigeria.
“Through UN High-level Meeting, Nigeria joins other countries in making commitments to accelerate the fight to end TB by increasing its response efforts at identifying missing cases and enrolling them on treatment.
Nigeria was the sixth country with a high burden of TB globally and first with a high burden of TB in Africa.
The agreement targets the treatment of 1.1 million tuberculosis infected people in Nigeria from 2019 to 2022.