WTBD2020: FG To Scale- up Number Of GeneXpert Machines
The Federal Government has put in place mechanism to scale- up the number of GeneXpert machines in the country.
in 2016, Nigeria adopted GeneXpert as the first diagnostic tool and currently has 399, installed throughout the 36 states of the federation and the federal capital territory; despite the large number of GeneXpert machines in the country, the average utilization rate is 27%.
The National Coordinator, National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Program, Dr. Adebola Lawanson made this known in Abuja at a media conference to mark this year’s World Tuberculosis Day,with the theme ‘It’s time’ .
Dr.Lawanson said this was to comprehensively strengthen the detection and ensure TB was completely eradicated in the country.
The minster of health,Dr,Osagie Enahire said the automation of the gene expert machine was part of government effort to ensure universal health coverage .
The Minister who was represented by the Director Public Health Doctor Ene Obong said the new National Strategic Plan 2021 to 2025 with multi sectoral involvement was aimed at ending tuberculosis by the year 2030.
”There are 28 specialized DR-TB treatment centers across the
country. ‘We have also included TB services in the PHC minimum health care package to ensure the achievement of the universal access to care.”
“TB preventive services and other diagnostic services are provided free of charge in these health facilities.Community DR-TB services are also provided in all the 36 states and FCT fo enhance access to DR-TB treatment, care and support.”the minister said.
According to the minster “We have also recorded good case holding as evidenced by a Treatment success rate (1SR) consistently above 80% for the past 5 years.’
Also speaking, the country representative of KNCV Nigeria Dr Bertrand Odume urged all stakeholders to continue with the campaign of ending tuberculosis beyond the world tuberculosis day.
“We stand here to identify with national program for tuberculosis and to reiterates our committee not to relent in the fight against the disease.”
In a message the President and Chief Executive officer , Association For Reproductive& Family Health (ARFH) Professor Oladapo Ladipo,who called on government at all levels to accord priority to the health of Nigerians, assured of his organisation’s support to end TB in Nigeria.