By Ahmed Ubandoma, Abuja.
The First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has urged stakeholders to intensify campaign towards ending the spread tuberculosis in the country.
She made the call on Tuesday when she received a delegation from the Global Stop TB Partnership, led by its Executive Director, Dr Lucica Ditiu, at the State House, Abuja.
Represented by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Women Affairs Dr Rukayya Gurin, the first lady said that “tuberculosis is curable” and urged stakeholders to sensitise the public to the benefits of early, regular diagnosis.
Buhari, who emphasized the need to engage media in creating public awareness to stop the spread of tuberculosis in the country, urged the stakeholders to sustain the campaign.
She informed the visitors of the numerous achievements recorded by the Aisha Buhari Foundation in tackling the TB scourge, particularly by providing free diagnosis and medical treatment for TB patients.
Earlier, Ditiu said that the delegation was at the State House to solicit the support of African first ladies to push for the agenda to stop TB.
Ditiu said: “Nigeria has shown capacity to deal with the situation. However, a lot needs to be done in the areas of diagnosis and treatment.”
She, therefore, urged the first lady to advocate more engagement with the private sector in the campaign against the spread of tuberculosis.