By Stella Kabruk, Kaduna.
The Kaduna State Tuberculosis, Leprosy and Buruli Ulcer Programme says it has recorded 4,474 new cases of Tuberculosis (TB) in the state.
The Deputy Programme Manager, Dr Sani Aminu, said this during on Friday at an engagement meeting with civil society and private sector organisations for Tuberculosis Domestic Resource Mobilisation in Kaduna.
The meeting was organised by Kaduna State Ministry of Health, in collaboration with Development Governance International Consult (DGI).
Aminu said that the figure represented an 80-per-cent increase, when compared to the 114-per-cent increase in Quarter 1 of 2021 TB case findings.
“In 2022, from January to date, we have recorded confirmed 8,980 cases of TB, and we are still working hard to identify missing cases,” he said.
He said that tuberculosis cases were on the increase and as such, the target of zero-death by 2030 could not be achieved, so the target time should be extended.
According to him, the tuberculosis programme faced challenges of finding the gaps, as well as dwindling support from international donor agencies.
Other challenges are the gap between case finding, paediatric case finding and sub-optimal health facility coverage with tuberculosis services.
Aminu urged the government to take greater responsibility of the implementation of tuberculosis control activities.
He said that the programme had expanded its services in the state to 976 treatment centres and all patients had been placed on free treatment.
“These centres cover all the 31 general hospitals, 672 primary health centres, 222 private health facilities, 48 faith-based facilities and three tertiary centres.
“The state government had also procured five mobile diagnostic trucks, equipped with digital X-ray machines and 10 colour gene expert machines, for the integrated diagnosis of tuberculosis, COVID-19 and various other diseases in remote communities across the state.
“This will no doubt increase tuberculosis case findings in the state,” he said.
The deputy programme manager said that the programme planned to intensify its tuberculosis case-finding activities through active community search, increased access to services through dots expansion, intensified out-patient door screening and tuberculosis patients’ contact investigation.
Aminu said that it would also intensify its private sector engagement and increase paediatric diagnosis through the engagement of nutrition clinics, chest X-rays and stool testing for tuberculosis.
Also speaking, Dr Kenneth Adaba of the Development Governance International Consult said that the meeting was to present the overview of the State Tuberculosis and Leprosy Programme, highlighting its achievements, successes and gaps.
He said that the meeting was also convened to secure the commitment of private sector organisations towards supporting the programme.
Adaba said: “We are here to also sensitise the civil societies on their advocacy roles and responsibilities in domestic resource mobilisation for the state tuberculosis programme.
“We also want to chart a course of action towards putting health, particularly tuberculosis, in the political agenda of candidates in the 2023 election in the state.”
Earlier in his speech, Dr Salisu Shaiubu, Deputy Director of Public Health, State Ministry of Health, said: “Tuberculosis is an infectious disease that is subconscious to old age.
“The state is ready to welcome every organisation that is ready to collaborate with us against the disease.”