ON WORLD TUBERCULOSIS (TB) DAY

Officially, World TB Day is one of the eight global public health campaigns carried out yearly by the World Health Organization (WHO). The date marks the day in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch announced that he had discovered the bacterium that causes TB, which opened the way towards diagnosing and curing this disease (Centre For Disease Control, CDC).

World TB Day has continuously served as a platform where the attentions of healthcare practitioners, researchers, funding organizations and even the general public are drawn to this global pandemic.
However, despite the concerted effort to combat the world’s deadliest infectious killer, each day, over 4000 people lose their lives to TB and close to 30,000 people fall ill with this preventable and curable disease. Global efforts to combat TB have saved an estimated 58 million lives since the year 2000 (World Health Organization, WHO).

The emergence of drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis bacilli has further complicated issues in all countries affected by the disease. Treatment of this particular strain requires multiple drugs and this can be excessively expensive for the poor.

A fresh report released by the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme, a parastatal under the Federal Ministry of Health, has revealed that Nigeria has been ranked the 4th country with the highest cases of tuberculosis worldwide. According to the 2016 Global TB report, Nigeria has the highest TB burden in Africa and is among the six countries that accounted for 60% of the global burden of TB. The disease claims over 1.5 million lives annually in the country.

The theme of World TB Day 2020 – “It’s time”, affirms the need for global leaders to attend to the commitments already made towards the fight against TB.
Edo state under our watch will have the Federal, State and Local Government healthcare plans harmonized. We will incorporate the National Strategic Health Development Plan (NSHDP) II, 2018-2022 and birth an Edo state comprehensive Healthcare plan termed “Simple Strategic Health Development Plan”. Among the objectives of the healthcare programme will be to set up a functional disease control agency for surveillance, monitoring and evaluation of diseases such as Tuberculosis. This agency will be called the Edo State Centre for Disease Control. We will facilitate awareness campaigns and ensure that Edo people get access to counseling and treatment irrespective of their location and socio-economic status.

We must raise public awareness, augment prevention and treatment and promote an end to the stigma. Information on new treatment methods and novel tools for diagnosis should be made available to healthcare professionals.

It’s time for action!
It’s time to test and treat!
It’s time to speak up and end the stigma!
It’s time to End TB.

#EdoMustMoveForward

Pst. Dr. Osagie Ize-Iyamu EsqON WORLD TUBERCULOSIS (TB) DAY

It’s TIME!

Officially, World TB Day is one of the eight global public health campaigns carried out yearly by the World Health Organization (WHO). The date marks the day in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch announced that he had discovered the bacterium that causes TB, which opened the way towards diagnosing and curing this disease (Centre For Disease Control, CDC).

World TB Day has continuously served as a platform where the attentions of healthcare practitioners, researchers, funding organizations and even the general public are drawn to this global pandemic.
However, despite the concerted effort to combat the world’s deadliest infectious killer, each day, over 4000 people lose their lives to TB and close to 30,000 people fall ill with this preventable and curable disease. Global efforts to combat TB have saved an estimated 58 million lives since the year 2000 (World Health Organization, WHO).

The emergence of drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis bacilli has further complicated issues in all countries affected by the disease. Treatment of this particular strain requires multiple drugs and this can be excessively expensive for the poor.

A fresh report released by the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme, a parastatal under the Federal Ministry of Health, has revealed that Nigeria has been ranked the 4th country with the highest cases of tuberculosis worldwide. According to the 2016 Global TB report, Nigeria has the highest TB burden in Africa and is among the six countries that accounted for 60% of the global burden of TB. The disease claims over 1.5 million lives annually in the country.

The theme of World TB Day 2020 – “It’s time”, affirms the need for global leaders to attend to the commitments already made towards the fight against TB.
Edo state under our watch will have the Federal, State and Local Government healthcare plans harmonized. We will incorporate the National Strategic Health Development Plan (NSHDP) II, 2018-2022 and birth an Edo state comprehensive Healthcare plan termed “Simple Strategic Health Development Plan”. Among the objectives of the healthcare programme will be to set up a functional disease control agency for surveillance, monitoring and evaluation of diseases such as Tuberculosis. This agency will be called the Edo State Centre for Disease Control. We will facilitate awareness campaigns and ensure that Edo people get access to counseling and treatment irrespective of their location and socio-economic status.

We must raise public awareness, augment prevention and treatment and promote an end to the stigma. Information on new treatment methods and novel tools for diagnosis should be made available to healthcare professionals.

It’s time for action!
It’s time to test and treat!
It’s time to speak up and end the stigma!
It’s time to End TB.

#EdoMustMoveForward

Pst. Dr. Osagie Ize-Iyamu Esq

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