Nigeria celebrates TB champions and survivors

Gloria Essien, Abuja

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Through the efforts of all stakeholders, many lives have been saved and many more have been cured of Tuberculosis

This was the revealed by the wife of the Nigerian president and TB ambassador, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, at a Gala night in partnership with Stop TB Nigeria Programme.

She congratulated every one for supporting efforts to end TB in respective communities, States and all over the country.

“Our skills, passion, time and resources have contributed significantly to reduce the spread of TB, reduce the number of deaths and also mitigate the impact of the epidemic. That is why this is a night of celebration, and we are celebrating because despite the challenges, we have survivors who have been treated and cured of TB”.

“We have individuals and organizations who have dedicated their lives and resources to ending TB in Nigeria. Most importantly, we have a government that is committed to end TB in Nigeria and improve the overall health and wellbeing of Nigerians. Above all, as the Global TB Champion and Ambassador and by the special grace of God, I will continue to do my best till we end TB in Nigeria,” the ambassador said.

She added that despite all the success Nigeria has recorded, it will be nothing until TB ends in Nigeria.

The Nigerian minister of health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, who was represented by Mr. Balanle Lawson, said that government remains committed to ending TB in Nigeria.

Also speaking on the occasion, the Board Chairman of Stop TB Nigeria, Prof. Loveth Lawson, said that Nigeria needs to step up efforts to achieve end to TB.

He called for more efforts in finding lost TB cases.

The Gala Night was also used to celebrate TB champions and survivors in Nigeria.

 

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