Sunday, April 14, 2024

World Tuberculosis Day: ‘Go for early diagnosis’ – Ebonyi Govt to citizens


The Ebonyi State Authorities on World Tuberculosis Day 2024 enjoined sufferers to at all times interact in early analysis and therapy for fast outcomes.

Talking throughout a press briefing at Centenary Metropolis, Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State Commissioner for Well being, Dr Moses Ekuma, described tuberculosis as one of many deadliest ailments and charged all stakeholders to indicate extra dedication within the struggle in opposition to the illness.

He inspired folks to stick to the suggestions of the World Well being Organisation, WHO, and undertake improvements, whereas additionally calling for the involvement of civil society organisations to make sure that tuberculosis is diminished to the barest minimal.

Dr Ekuma, who stated that the celebration was to lift consciousness and step up efforts to remove the worldwide epidemic, enumerated the achievements of the state authorities, resembling making each neighborhood conscious of the causes and cures of the illness and likewise making certain that each one detected tuberculosis, Buruli ulcer, and leprosy sufferers had been positioned on therapy and cured.

Ekuma suggested folks to go for early analysis and remedy, including: “9 Gene-Xpert machines had been put in within the state along with the TB Microscopic Centres to reinforce excessive know-how and speedy analysis of all types of tuberculosis in hospitals together with St. Patrick Hospital, FETHA, Mater, PJH Uburu, Ezzangbo Basic Hospital, Basic Hospital Onueke, Mile 4 Remedy Centre, Contact Diagnostica Abakaliki and DUFUTH.”

The commissioner additional stated that the statistics of TB sufferers within the state rose from 63.4% in December 1997 to 86% in December 2023, with a therapy success fee of 90%.

He defined that insufficient funding was one of many challenges dealing with the programme and lauded the implementing companions, like WHO, CARITAS Nigeria, Affiliation for Reproductive and Household Well being, and International Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, amongst others, for his or her help of the state.

Earlier, the Programme Supervisor, the Nationwide Tuberculosis, Leprosy and Buruli Ulcer Management Programme, NTBLCP, Chief Nwite Samuel, stated that the aim of the briefing was to reveal how far tuberculosis companies have gone within the state.
On his half, the Director of Public Well being, Dr. Hyacinth Ebenyi, eulogised CARITAS and different supporting companions for his or her encouragement and promised to proceed the sensitization within the state.

The briefing was attended by representatives of the WHO, CARITAS Group, Instrat International Well being Options, and different related stakeholders.

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