GROUP COLLABORATES WITH ANAMBRA TB CONTROL PROGRAMME TO ELIMINATE DISEASE
By Ebele Egoh/Chukwudi Nwauba :
Awka, Nov.19, 2019 (MOI) Agbani Partners Action Health Incorporated has collaborated with Anambra State Tuberculosis (TB) Control Programme to implement, Tuberculosis Awareness Campaign in 22 communities within three high TB Burden Local Government Areas (LGA’s).
Flagging off the campaign at Awka, Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala said the bold step taken by the state and its development partners would help to detect TB patients for early treatment.
Dr Okpala represented by the Acting Permanent Secretary, Dr John Ndibe, tasked the 45 trained T B vanguards to ensure that they report, counsel, and refer TB cases for adequate treatment.
He thanked the Group for their support to the state, which was aimed at seeing that TB which had become a public Health issue was eliminated in the state.
The Programme Officer TB Burili Ulcer, Ministry of Health, Dr Ugochukwu Chukwulobelu said that the goal of the campaign was to detect and report TB cases that had gone beyond control of existing Health facilities.
``The detection will also extend to communities and individual households for timely referrals of presumptive TB cases to DOTs centres and Chest clinics.
``This will increase the uptake of free TB services in these LGA’s.
``Selected communities for the campaign in Awka South are Awka, Nibo, Okpuno, Nise, Amawbia, Umuawulu, Isi-Agu, Umuokpu and Ifite.
``In Ogbaru LGA, six communities are among the ones selected and seven in Idemili South,’’ Chukwulobelu said.
Dr Uwem Esiet, co-founder/Director of the group represented by Mr Tunde Onasanya said that TB is one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide.
``In 2018, 10 million people took ill with TB cases and 1.5 million died from the disease.
``TB is a leading killer of HIV positive victims. In 2018 an estimated 1.1 million children got infected with TB and no fewer than 251,000 children died of the disease including children with HIV associated TB,’’ Onasanya said.
``It is obvious that the state government is interested in promoting the health of its people as the Local Government TB Supervisors have been working with trained vanguards to reach out to people.’’
National Professional Officer, Dr Vivian Ibezimako, represented by WHO, TB Surveillance Officer, Dr Chukwuebuka Ugwu assured of WHO support in any active case finding.
``WHO will lend its support in any case finding of TB in the selected communities.
``Although the state has shown some progress in case finding of TB in the past few years, there is still a very large space for improvement.
``We thank the state for getting involved in
this and for creating the enabling environment to make it work,’’ Ugwu said.