By Chukwudi Nwauba :
Awka, Feb. 10, 2021 (MOI) Anambra State Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala has assured KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation that the state will continue to partner with it in order to eliminate tuberculosis in the state.
Dr Okpala said this during an advocacy visit of an assessment team from the Foundation in his office at the Jerome Udoji Secretariat, Awka.
The commissioner noted that the Government’s partnership with the group had helped in the eradication of tuberculosis in the state.
He said that the assessment of tuberculosis programmes in the state would help both the state and the partner to create diverse avenues to develop a deep understanding of its sustainability.
Dr Okpala assured them of his ministry’s continued support and wished them a happy stay in the state.
Leader of the team, Dr Oke Chijioke said their visit was to inform the commissioner about KNCV project aims, which was to conduct sustainable capacity assessment for TB control programme.
“It is also for us to identify funding gaps and other resource needs for TB control in the state.
KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation Nigeria is a non-governmental organisation whose interest is to implement the USAID TB-LON grant project in the state.
“USAID stands for United States Agency for International Development and it works in not less than 100 countries promoting Global Health and Global Stability,’’ he said.
Dr Chijioke noted that the assessment would help in setting up a framework for the integration of TB care into the minimum health benefit package in the state health insurance schemes.
In attendance during the visit include Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr Linus Nwankwo, Director Medical Service/Programme Manager TB, Buruli Ulcer, Dr Ugochukwu Chukwulobelu, KNCV Consultant, Dr Daniel Ogbuagu and Mrs Ngozi Egbunike. (MOI)