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600,000 nigerians infected with TB- comissioner


Abdulqudus Ogundapo

Ogun State Commissioner for health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye has said that 600,000 Nigerians are infected with various degrees of Tuberculosis (TB) in the Country

The Commissioner who made this known today while marking the World Tuberculosis Day said only 15 percent cases has been detected  out of the 600,000 persons, adding that 2,500 TB cases  were  detected in Ogun annually  out of the 16,000 cases that were  to be captured.

The Commissioner who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Nafiu Aigoro said the theme of the event " UNITE TO END TB" was coming at the right time puting into consiederation the rate at which tuberculosis diseases was fast spreading through the air, saying that TB was a chronic infectious disease that spread through the air and affect every part of the body particularly the lungs.

"The State TB control officer will increase the rate of finding TB cases across the 20 Local Government and  include the LCDAs. It is important to note that  TB is a chronic infectious disease that spread through the air we breath which affects every part of the body especially the lungs, reason why we need to deploy the state officers on TB out to find more cases of TB in the State.

In his good will message, the Lagos Regional Director/Senior Programme Manager for Country Director, KNCV/ United State Agency For International Development (USAID), Dr. Nkem Chukwueme, who was represented by Mr. Chidubem Ogbudebe, appreciated the state government for joining in the laudable fight against TB disease, assuring the state of continuous support from KNCV TB Foundation and USAID.

He called on Media, religious and community  leaders  to intesify the fight against TB in any Community they found themselves, saying that the emergence of drug resistence forms of TB cases calls for more accurate ways of controlling TB in the Country.

Calling on members of the public to report cases of cough  that is more than two weeks and above, the State Tuberculosis, Leprosy and Buruli Ulcer Control Officer, Dr. Olukayode Soyinka, said people should stay away from stigmatising people with TB rather encouraged them to visit the general hospital across the state for free screening and treatment or call the toll free TB line on 08002255282.

Highlight of the event includes a walk sensitising members of the community, free screening and treatment in comeroration of the Wold TB day.

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