The Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye has disclosed that the State currently has 216 Tuberculosis Treatment Centres spread across the 20 Local Government Areas of the State.
Dr. Ipaye who made this known during a press briefing in Abeokuta, to commemorate the 2018 World Tuberculosis Day tagged, “Find and Notify All TB Cases,’’ submitted that the disease was the ninth leading cause of death worldwide and could be treated with early diagnosis and effective treatment.
According to him, a total of 3,222 TB cases and additional 105 drug resistant TB cases were detected and managed in Ogun, adding that the State has Gene Xpert Sites in 10 Local Government Areas of the State, with health workers that are regularly trained to provide quality TB management services.
He said several innovation approaches, such as increased collaborations with private health practitioners, patent medicine vendors, community pharmacists and active case finding through community outreaches, as well as the wellness on wheel project to tackle Tuberculosis were embarked upon.
The Commissioner therefore advised religious leaders, private care providers, health workers and individuals to refer people with symptom of cough for more than two weeks to designated health facilities, for necessary treatment free of charge.
“For us the policy makers, it is a call to commit more resources, as well as political will by mobilizing health workers at primary, secondary and tertiary levels to be more committed to looking out for patients, particularly those who have cough for more than two weeks and ensure that anyone who visits our facilities are tested and given proper treatment”, Ipaye stated.