It’s time: HIFASS joins stakeholders
It’s time: HIFASS joins stakeholders to end in Nigeria
As part of the week long planned activities to commemorate 2019 World TB Day, HIFASS in collaboration with partners from various health institutions conducted a community outreach and screened for TB cases in Kobi village on Wednesday, 20th March. At the event was the wife of the Nigerian President and TB Ambassador, Aisha Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President, Mrs Dolapo Osibanjo flagged off the TB Wellness On Wheel (WOW) truck, called on Nigerians to test themselves for Tuberculosis (TB), being one of the world’s most deadly diseases.
Speaking with Dr. Josephine Okechukwu, Coordinator, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme said that only about 15 percent of people in Nigeria know the signs and symptoms of tuberculosis, meaning about 85 percent do not.
She said, to many Nigerians coughing is normal, stressing that “Every cough is suspicious because there is something going on in the respiratory tract that irritates the system to create that cough. If someone has a cough that has lasted well over a week, he should go to the hospital and get tested for TB. Testing and treatment is free, everything we do about TB is free.”
In same vein, National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme (NTBLCP), partners from various health institutions and NGO gathered together to commemorate this years’ World TB Day on 23rd March 2019. It was a road walk which commenced from Old parade ground to Area one roundabout in Abuja. The walk was aimed at creating public awareness about Tuberculosis. Participants came in different eye-catching branded T-shirts, face caps and reflective jackets distributing IEC materials to passers-by and by-standers sensitizing them about the disease.