Nigerian State Records 4,506 Tuberculosis Cases In Five Months, See The State
Kaduna State, a Nigerian state has recorded an alarming record of 4,506 Tuberculosis cases in 5 months.
The Kaduna State Tuberculosis, Leprosy and Buruli Ulcer Programme said this on Tuesday.
In a chat with the News Agency of Nigeria, the State Programme Manager, Dr Sadiq Idris said:
“This represents a 114 per cent increase when compared to Q1 of 2021 TB case findings.”
He disclosed that the programme has expanded its services in the state to 976 treatment centres. Idris also added that all patients have been placed on free treatment.
He explained: “These centres cover all the 31 general hospitals, 672 primary health centres, 222 private health facilities, 48 faith-based facilities and three tertiary centres (68 per cent facility coverage) in the state.
“The state government has also procured five mobile diagnostic trucks equipped with digital X-ray machines and 10 colour gene expert machines for the integrated diagnosis of tuberculosis, COVID-19 and various other diseases in remote communities across the state.
“This will no doubt increase tuberculosis case findings in the state.”
How The Nigerian State Plans To Manage TB
He said that the programme planned to intensify its tuberculosis case-finding activities. Idris said this would be carried out through:
- Community active search.
- Increased access to services through dots expansion.
- Intensified outpatient door screening.
- Tuberculosis patient contact investigation.
Idris further explained that it would involve the private stakeholders. The State Programme manager said it would intensify its private sector engagement and increase paediatric diagnosis through the engagement of nutrition clinics, chest X-rays, and stool testing for tuberculosis in this Nigeria State.
His words: “The support of the general public is necessary in order for us to identify all the tuberculosis cases in communities and move towards its elimination.
“Any cough that lasts for two weeks or more could be tuberculosis; diagnosis and treatment are free and are widely available across the state.
“Tuberculosis is treatable and curable.”
Source: PUNCH HealthWise