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Aisha Buhari urges collaboration to end Tuberculosis

The First Lady of Nigeria, Mrs Aisha Buhari has identified effective multi-sectorial partnership as a panacea to ending Tuberculosis in Nigeria.

Mrs Buhari stated this at the 4th National TB conference in Abuja with the theme; “Sustaining a resilient TB response in Nigeria: Addressing the impact of COVID-19 and other diseases”.

Represented by the First Lady of Niger State, Mrs Amina Abubakar Bello, Mrs Buhari explained that a strong focus towards fighting TB was needed by all stakeholders.

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said despite the disruption in TB case findings last year due to COVID-19, Nigeria has recorded an increase in TB notification in the last nine months.

He said the success was achieved through a strategic alliance with the private sector through the introduction of targeted data-driven community cases.

The Chairman, StopTB Partnership Nigeria, Dr. Ayodele Awe said the conference was apt at a time the world health system was under threat.

Executive Director, KNCV TB Foundation, Dr Gidado Mustapha, noted that the Federal Government, Stakeholders and the media need to play their key role in galvanizing efforts towards ending TB in the country.

Some TB survivors who shared their experience called for more dissemination of information to the grassroots and the formation of TB support groups as in the case of HIV and other diseases to discourage stigmatization.

Reporting by Emmanuel Kutara; Editing by Adeniyi Bakare