By G9ija

Arrangements are in top gear for this year’s conference on the fight against tuberculosis with the theme “building stronger partnerships to end TB in Nigeria.” The conference is being organized in conjuction with the Federal ministry of health.

At the pre-conference briefing, the board chairman, stop TB partnership Nigeria, Dr. Lovett Lawson said lagos state has the highest tuberculosis cases in Nigeria hence the need to kickstart this year’s TB conference with a preliminary forum billed for july 14 in the nation’s economic nerve centre before the main event holding from July 17– 18in Abuja.

Also speaking, Dr. Ahmad Muhammad deputy director, national TB and leprosy control programme said research is on-going to find solution to Tuberculosis in Nigeria.

“Tuberculosis conference is an opportunity to bring together think tanks in the TB world globally in our door step here in Nigeria to rub minds together and exhibit laudable innovations and new technologies and discoveries in the World of Tuberculosis. It is a way to share ideas from researches that have been conducted through symposiums and presentations of research works that have been piloted and implemented and have been proven to be very effective.

According to the stop TB partnership Nigeria, the objectives of the scheduled Forum include increasing political commitment and domestic resources for TB control and prevention through promoting the use of corporate social responsibility by individuals and organizations to support the programme”.

The Deputy Director National TB and Leprosy Programme, Dr. Ahmad Mohammad Ozi also disclosed Some of the organization interventions of active case which according to him includes,

1, House to House case search in specific areas known to have high burden of TB e,g slums

2. Contact tracing of Known TB index cases across the country
3. Engagement of patent medicine vendors and community pharmacists in the active cases finding by referring presumptive TB cases to the DOTS centers.
4. Procurement of more Gene Xpert machines by the Federal Ministry of Health and partners and the optimization of existing ones to enhance diagnosis and case finding in Tuberculosis.
5. Intra facility active case search, especially in facility with high burden of patient patronage through outpatient department screening of all visiting patients.

The Stop TB partnerships Nigeria since  its inception has embarked on several intervention programmes which is primarily targeted at kicking out Tuberculosis from Nigeria.