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Why there is need for legislation on the rights of People Affected by TB?

Bukola Afeni
The Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory, and Chairman FCT Judicial Service Committee, Hon Justice Husseini Baba Yusuf has called on lawyers, to engage in more advocacy for legal recognition of the right to health in Nigeria.
He stated this at the human rights sensitization and legal training workshop on Tuberculosis in Abuja.
The Chief Judge of FCT,  who was rep by Justice Olukayode Adeniyi affirmed that beyond promoting human rights through the court, it is essential for lawyers to engage in extensive advocacy for deepening human rights in the country.
Speaking further he commended Lawyers Alert for a great job in promoting gender and human rights in Nigeria.
“They have already taken up the advocacy with vigour and dynamism, but pitched side by side with the enormity of the problem, it will be clear that more still needs to be done to get the desired result”.
He added that governments across the globe need to ensure appropriate conditions for the enjoyment of health for citizens without discrimination.
“Through  international commitments, today, the right to health has become part of a common heritage of mankind, meant to be enjoyed without discrimination on the ground of race, religion, sex, or other differences, and which cannot also be withdrawn, withheld or granted at someone’s whim or will.”
President Lawyers Alert, Rommy Mom called on media practitioners to engage in more advocacy to put an end to discrimination and stigmatization of People Affected by Tuberculosis.
He urged journalists to create content that will highlight the need to protect the rights of People Affected by Tuberculosis (PATB).
“The media need to create awareness for People Affected by TB. We believe that if there is enough coverage for people affected by TB, their rights will be in proper perspective. Lack of information and awareness about TB have made People Affected by TB to be stigmatized”.
Human Rights Lawyer and Legal Researcher Brian Citro, said there is a need to expand access to legal representation for People Affected by Tuberculosis.
He called on the media to increase awareness and coverage of TB issues.
” The media need to change the narrative and engage with the policymaker on the need for effective legislation. They need to inform the public on the need to go for testing and early treatment”.

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