To achieve a 50% reduction in Tuberculosis prevalence rate and 75% reduction in TB mortality rate in Nigeria, by 2025 health experts believe there is need to protect vulnerable people from TB, provide them with a cure and involve them as key stakeholders in the fight against the disease.
Over the years Nigeria has struggled with finding TB cases, this is means identifying and diagnosing people with TB has always been a struggle.
According to available data it is estimated that case burden is more than 400,000 and the highest ever identified is 130,000.
Hence at this years, World Tuberculosis Day, stakeholders in Tuberculosis control stormed Lugbe-Abuja to carry out sensitization as well as free TB testing.
At the community outreached and awareness campaign organised by the National Leprosy and Tuberculosis Control Programme, the Sapeyi of Garki, Alhaji Usman Ngakupi, the third, called for the establishment of Treatment centre in the FCT to ease the difficulty encountered by patients with tuberculosis in the country.
The Royal Father who commended the Federal government and other partners for their relentless efforts to boost the health needs of the citizenry, called for more efforts to win the war against tuberculosis.
In a remark, the chairman of the twenty twenty one World TB day, Dr Ayodele Awe said the awareness campaign became necessary to meet the global yearnings of eradicating tuberculosis by the year twenty thirty.
“We are here to increase awareness on TB. No one needs to die from TB. We are here to tell everyone about the signs and symptoms of TB. Any cough for two weeks is suspected to be TB.
“We have provided the equipment to check anyone that is coughing. The test is free of charge. You do not need to go to the hospital to check, we have brought the doctors to you.” Dr. Awe said.
He urged the residents to avail themselves the opportunity of free screening and treatment of the disease. READ MORE; As Nigeria Launches Unified National TB Campaign, ACSM Guideline, About 70% Of TB Budget Not Funded Last Year- WHO
The Head Advocacy, Communication and Social Mobilization, Mrs Itohowo Uko stressed that for the media not relent in the collaborative effort to disseminate useful information about tuberculosis.
Mrs Uko further encouraged Nigerians to always go for checks for early detection and treatment.
According to Mrs Uko,“We have been able to sensitise the community on the simple signs of tuberculosis and the need for them to go for test. We know that COVID-19 has devastated the health system and has been discouraging people from going to the hospital.”
“But with what we have done today, and the responses received, we believe that more people will do the right thing whenever they have a cough or know someone that has a cough that has lasted two weeks or more.”
The theme for this years World TB day is the clock in ticking with the slogan: check that cough, efi be tb not covid nineteen
High point of the event was free testing and screening and the donation of a cow to the community.