The Coordinator, National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme NTBLCP Dr Chukwuma Anyaike has urged the media to share the right information on tuberculosis to enable Nigerians access the right TB services they require.
Dr. Anyaike stated this at a virtual meeting with State Directors of the National Orientation Agency and State TB programme Managers.
Represented by the Head Advocacy Communication and Social Mobilization, Mrs Itohowo Uko, the Coordinator of NTBLCP noted that out of eighty percent of Nigerians who are aware of tuberculosis only Thirty-Five percent has the right information on the killer disease.
Mr Anyaike also called for the establishment of a TB desk at both national and State levels for properly monitor the flow of information on tuberculosis.
The Acting Board Chairman of Stop TB Partnership Nigeria, Dr. Ayodele Awe who stressed the need for more sensitization at the grassroot, urged the NOA to use it’s machinery across the states to spread the right message on tuberculosis.
He also emphasized the need for those who experience caugh for two weeks or more to go for test as it may be TB and not COVID as they both have similar symptoms.
The Director General of the National Orientation Agency, NOA, Mr Garba Abari represented by Mr. Kehinde Ogunkuade while noting that TB is the number one killer disease in Nigeria, promised to work with the NTBLCP and other relevant stakeholders to galvanize and disseminate the right information on TB.