Nigeria has high TB burden, ranks 7th globally
By Stellamaries Amuwa
The minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewale has said that Nigeria emerged 7th amongst the high TB burden countries globally and second in Africa, which has further underscored the need for concerted efforts towards the reduction of the burden of the disease.
Adewale made this known at a symposium on tuberculosis themed: “Raising Future Leaders To end TB in Nigeria,” yesterday in Bingham University Karu, Nassarawa State.
According to the minister, who was represented by the permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Clement Uwaifo, Nigeria is one of the countries on the list of 30 high burden TB, TB/HIV and MDR-TB countries as compiled by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
He added that the Federal Ministry of Health as part of its efforts to coordinate and control TB in Nigeria established the National TB and Leprosy Control Programme in 1989.
“As you may be aware the TB control strategies in Nigeria since the inception of TB have been in consonance with all the WHO recommended strategies.
“We ask for your cooperation in fighting this disease to a stop”. Leadership