Nasarawa, donor agencies in search of 57 TB cases.
Nasarawa State Government in collaboration with the United States for International Development (USAID) and with the support of KNCV Foundation yesterday commenced search for the 57 hidden Tuberculosis cases in the state.
This was even as the Country Director of KNCV Foundation, Dr. Bassey Nsa, disclosed that Nigeria ranked third out of 10 countries with high Tuberculosis burden, according to a global survey conducted in 2017.
According to him, Nasarawa State recorded 57 detected hidden cases of Tuberculosis during the period under review.
He stated this at formal flag off of the “Wellness On Wheels” campaign, organised by the state government in collaboration with the USAID and supported by KNVC Foundation, which took place yesterday in Lafia, the state capital.
“Every single case of Tuberculosis puts the entire members of that community at risk,” he said, stressing that there was the need for stronger collaboration between donor partners and government to mitigate the scourge.
Nsa said that Wellness On Wheels campaign would take the campaign to the doorsteps of every community in search for the 57 hidden Tuberculosis cases by carrying out free testing and treatment of TB across the 13 Local Government Areas in the state for three months.
He urged traditional rulers in the state to senitise their subjects so as to take advantage of the campaign to avail themselves of the opportunity of the free testing and treatment of TB during the period.
In a goodwill massage, the World Health Organisation (WHO) National Professional Officer on Tuberculosis, North Central Zone, Dr. Sam Ogri, who lamented increasing cases of TB in Nigeria, disclosed that 2,000 TB cases were detected out of the estimated 5,500 cases in the 2016 survey.
Source: New Telegram