By Esther Atani, The Sight News
ABUJA: Despite significant progress made in the fight against TB over the last decades, tuberculosis remains the world’s deadliest infectious killer, claiming the lives of over 3,900 people daily, with Nigeria being a high TB burden country.
To fully eradicate tuberculosis and its devastating impact on the economic, social and physical health of affected victims, there is a need for a multi-sectoral approach in the fight to end TB.
This was made known by the TB Team Lead, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Dr. Temitayo Odusote, at the Pre-World TB Day 2020 media conference held in Abuja on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.
The press conference, organized by Stop TB Partnership Nigeria in partnership with organizations such as; the World Health Organization (WHO); United States Agency for International Development (USAID); Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) and other Non-Governmental Organizations, was held to raise awareness on the need for timely and accelerated action by stakeholders.
Stressing the need for collaboration with faith-based organizations, private healthcare facilities, legislators, other sectors, and stakeholders, Dr Odusote called for data-driven and evidence-based strategies to be used in identifying patients with TB.
Also speaking, the Executive Secretary Stop TB Partnership Nigeria, Mr. Mayowa Joel, emphasized that partnership with traditional and New Media is a pivotal step in raising awareness and ensuring accountability.
He also urged media practitioners to make the eradication of tuberculosis their Corporate Social Responsibility(CSR).
The group is set to hold the 2020 National Tuberculosis Conference with the theme: “It’s Time To End TB In Nigeria”.