The National Leprosy Tuberculosis and Control Programme has packaged a compendium of best practices and strategic interventions and measures that will enable the consistent increase in TB case notification over the past 3 years.
Speaking at the launching, the Minister of Health, Dr Ehanire Osagie said the compendium will be a useful tool that will scale up what works well for the country, and also capture the disease control efforts in the country.
He added that other countries can learn and leverage on experiences captured in the document, to support their disease control efforts.
The Minister in his words said, “despite significant progress in the past three years in our fight to end the epidemic, we know that there are still over 200,000 new TB infections occurring every year among us, yet to be detected and enrolled in treatment.”
“There are significant numbers of TB deaths annually. We know that we must step up our commitment and invest strategically across the nation, to scale up best practices.
The Chairman House of Representatives committee on Malaria, AIDs and Tuberculosis, Hon. Dahiru reminded all the stakeholders not to forget the United Nations Target of 2023 to end Tuberculosis.
The Honourable disclosed that despite covid-19 challenges, the administration is interested in fighting Tuberculosis disease.
“We have proposed strategic partnership to ensure more resources are mobilized to fight TB, and also to put in place possible restrictions to end the disease quickly.”
He commended the Minister of health for his continuous commitment and support in the fight against TB.
While also commending the members of parliament and the parliamentary group committee organized by a shared vision of ending TB.
The First Lady of the Federation Aisha Buhari, who was represented by her Special assistant on health, said that as a Global Ambassador and TB champion, she is very impressed with the compendium initiative.
“I hope that this document would be distributed to the nooks and crannies of this country. Everyone needs to be aware of the good works that are going on in tackling TB.”