Residents of the Mabushi Community in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja, have called on the Federal Government to channel more resources towards various Healthcare interventions in the community.
They made the call at a community outreach organized by the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme, NTBLCP, as part of activities to mark World TB Day 2022.
While commending the NTBLCP for the outreach which aims at sensitizing Nigerians especially those at the grassroots on Tuberculosis.
The Sarkin Yaki of Mabushi, Mr James Kusase also urged the government to provide the community with improved water and sanitation facilities, explaining that they were essential to disease prevention.
The benefits of having access to an improved drinking water source can only be fully realized when there is also access to improved sanitation and adherence to good hygiene practices, he said.
The Head, Communication, Advocacy and Social Mobilization of NTBLCP, Mrs Itouwo Uko said the Mabushi Community was chosen because of its population density in which the TB could thrive.
He, therefore, highlights some of the ways of preventing transmission of diseases including the use of personal protective equipment and effective ventilation systems.
Radio Nigeria reports that the highlight of the event was a free TB test for residents of the community.
Reporting by Emmanuel Kutara; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino