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Over 1m Nigerians treated for Tuberculosis

More than 1 million Nigerians have been treated for Tuberculosis from 2011 to date.

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire told this to newsmen at the Ministerial briefing to mark the World TB day 2022.

Dr Ehanire said despite worrying statistics on the damage of tuberculosis in the country, the Federal Government had recorded some achievements in the fight against the deadly disease.

The minister highlighted what he described as “these key areas” to include, 50% increase in case notification and 5,000 additional TB treatment centers.

The Acting Board Chairman of Stop TB partnership Nigeria, Dr Queen Ogbuji, however harped on the need for more investments in ending Tuberculosis, aimed at achieving the UN 2030 SDG goal.

The WHO country representative in Nigeria, Dr walter Molumbo outlined multi-drug resistant TB, child TB and HIV co-infection as factors militating against some of the achievements made by Nigeria in tackling TB.

A TB survivor, Joyce Agerl, who narrated her ordeal with the disease, said with timely diagnosis and proper adherence to medication, Tuberculosis can be treated.

Reporting by Emmanuel Kutara; Editing by Omotola Oguneye