Mrs Olufolake AbdulRazaq, the wife of the Kwara Governor, has appealed to stakeholders to support the state government’s efforts to eradicate Tuberculosis (TB) in the state.
AbdulRazaq made the appeal in Ilorin on Thursday at an event lined up to mark the 2020 World TB Day by the Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Unit of the state Ministry of Health.
She particularly urged the people of the state to make concerted efforts to stamp out tuberculosis from the state at all costs.
“I am honoured to be the one championing the cause of eradicating tuberculosis as the ‘State TB-Champion’.
“It’s great that you do not allow the peculiarity of this period to limit your work; we must make sure we stand together to stop tuberculosis,” Abdulrazak said.
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Raji Razaq, said that the state government had invested heavily in the health sector, adding that all stakeholders should make concerted efforts to accomplish and exceed the set targets.
He commended the governor’s wife for her strategic role in ensuring the successful implementation of the programmes initiated under the different components of the health care system in the state.
In his remarks, Assemblyman AbdulRazaq Owolabi, Chairman, House Committee on Health and Environment, said: “Lawmakers in the 9th Assembly are ready to work and synergise with the governor’s wife in ensuring that we end TB in Kwara State”.
Dr Femi Oladiji, the Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee on COVID-19 in Kwara, who was the Lead Speaker at the event, commended the state government for its investments and impactful strides in the health sector.
He identified health workers as the major stakeholders in any health care intervention, particularly those schemes aimed at addressing infectious diseases like TB and COVID-19.
Some of the stakeholders at the event included health care workers, representatives of religious bodies and members of the civil society organisations.