Sunday , August 7 2022

Nigeria: Adamawa Records 23 Cases of TB Resistance in 3 months


No fewer than 23 cases of drug resistance, TB, were recorded in Adamawa from January to date.

The State Program Manager for TB and Leprosy Control, Dr Boniface Gundiri, revealed this on Monday at Yola at a ceremony to commemorate World TB Day.

Gundiri said that 60 cases of drug resistance were recorded in the total number of 2,756 TB cases recorded last year.

He expressed concern about the increasing incidence of TB drug resistance in the state, calling for additional funding and personnel to ensure a more effective fight against the epidemic.

The manager praised the partners who were involved in the campaign, noting that there was an increase in the cases found last year which were the basis for opening a treatment center at Federal Yola Medical Center to treat patients with TB resistance to drugs. .

He listed some of the challenges facing Adamawa's program as a lack of funding and inadequate personnel to track patients.

"Part of our challenges is funding and incentive issue for TB supervisors who sometimes use their money to look for patients," said Gundiri.

Director of State, Public Health, Ministry of Health, Dr. Dili's Buckley, said that this year's theme: "Our Time" is a wake-up call for everyone to sit towards the target of eradicating TB by 2030.

Dili stressed the need for more enlightenment for the public, especially those with coughing symptoms for two weeks or more to visit the nearest test centers to check. (NAN)

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