In commemoration of the 2019 World Tuberculosis day, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), has indicated readiness, to harness necessary support and partnership to tame the incidences of the disease in Nasarawa State.
This was at a community sensitisation program and partnership building event which drew both government and notable civil society actors to converge on Keffi, Nasarawa State on March 25, to review and adopt a roadmap of action for Keffi local government area of the state.
AHF Country Program Director, Dr. Echey Ijezie, during his address said the choice of Keffi, Nasarawa state, ‘‘is to respond to the reality of high TB incidence being recorded in Nasarawa state, by leveraging on AHF’s public engagement speciality to create awareness, educate the people, but importantly getting them to test for both TB and HIV/AIDS.
“On the 2019 World TB Day, AHF had called on countries and global public health institutions to ensure everyone affected by TB can access treatment and that resources are made available to fight this epidemic.
“This call is particularly crucial for Nigeria, because of the country’s TB status: 407,000 people in Nigeria have TB each year, while the country is ranked 7th among the 30 high TB burden countries and second in Africa with 154,000 people dying each year from TB. There is a missing 300,000 cases of TB in Nigeria, 300, 000 people with TB but unaware, or are not on treatment.”
Dr. Ijezie further added that ‘‘It is not difficult to comprehend what it means for so many people to be dying each year from TB.’’
Also speaking, Director Primary HealthCare, Keffi Local Government Area (LGA), Alhaji Gambo Ibrahim, appreciated the effort of AHF in coming to Keffi and said the local government will offer the necessary assistance to ensure TB is stamped out totally.
Deputy Director, Primary Health Care, Keffi LGA Mrs Asabe Illiya said AHF intervention is a welcome development, particularly because of its focus on educating women and highlighting the risks of TB to children. ‘‘I must also thank AHF for distributing free sanitary pads to our women and girls.’’
Dr. Austin Nedu, AHF Nasarawa State Coordinator thanked all partners and restated the commitment of the organisation to always support government effort to end TB and HIV in the state.