Five hundred and eighty one thousand TB cases treated in Nigeria

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Ishaya Peter

 

The KNCV Tuberculosis foundation says more than five hundred and eighty one Nigerians were treated under its Challenge TB project in Nigeria project from 2015 to 2019.

This is as the aid organisations mark the close of of its intervention activities in Nigeria.

The Challenge TB project was a five year health service programme created to expand the diagnosis and treatment of Tuberculosis

The project was funded by USAID and comes to an end after a six months co-extension period.

According to the Director, USAID Nigeria mission, Stephen Haykin, the Challenge TB project in 2017 reached and surpassed a treatment aid above 80% and strengthened TB diagnosis.

The Director, Public Health Federal Ministry of Health, Dr Umoh Ene – Obong who was represented by Dr Adebola Lawason said the project had created innovative ways of engaging proprietary patent medicine vendors (PPMV) and Community pharmacists (CP) for identification and referral of presumptive TB cases.

She said all efforts will be geared towards increasing TB case notification and that the assets of the project handed over to the ministry will be put into use for the purpose of ensuring quality service provision for Nigerians .

She added that the federal government on its own has learnt innovative ways of implementing its TB intervention services

However, Dr Lawanson believes TB case finding was one of the biggest challenge faced by the programme.

Meanwhile, the Global Performance Director, Challenge TB, Dr Gidado Mustapha while  analysing the problems of the project said ” engagement of regulatory and professional bodies for acceptability of our new innovations was a huge challenge, this project was a very complex project which changed every year, it changed by location, it changed by innovation, it changed by budget because the project was meant to be a responsive project and responsive project comes with complexity and this project was extremely a complex one, although it was also a very successful one”.

 

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