26 March 2021 By Bilkisu Kambai
Research has revealed that Nigeria is ranked first position with the highest number of Tuberculosis,(TB) infection cases in Africa and 6th globally.
The Plateau State Commissioner of health, Nimkong Ndam, gave the indication in an event to mark this year’s World TB day in Chugwi Community Vom district, Jos South Local Government area of Plateau State.
Ndam said the purpose of the event was to create awareness, build political and financial support towards ending TB in Plateau and Nigeria.
According to him, Nigeria is Ranked the sixth among thirty countries with the highest TB burden in the world and the first in Africa.
He said, Globally, TB remained a major public health problem with about ten point four million (10.4 m) estimated cases in twenty fifteen worldwide with five point nine million, men while Three point five million are women and almost 1 million are children.
Ndam said, out of 429,000 estimated new TB cases in Nigeria only 106,533 were notified to the LTBLCP at the end of 2018 with only 24% treatment coverage which is very low.
The health Commissioner further explained that it is worrisome that 6% of these cases notified were children less than 15 years.
He urged Plateau citizens to avail themselves for testing and treatment which is free as TB disease is curable, noting that Government is making frantic efforts to get Gene-X-pert machine in all the 17 Local Government Areas.
The State Coordinator, TB Breakthrough Action, Dr. Moses Sunday, said his organization and other partners will support the State Government to overcome the challenges of Tuberculosis.
In commemoration of the day there was free Tuberculosis testing and treatment in Chugwi community.
The event which is in collaboration with a non governmental organization under the auspices of Breakthrough action with the theme” The clock is Ticking” and the slogan “that Cough fit be TB not COVID-19 check am oooh”.