All is set for the celebration of the 2022 World Tuberculosis (TB) Day in Nasarawa State.
According to an invitation sent out to the general public by the Nasarawa State Ministry of Health, the 2022 World TB Day which is scheduled to hold on Thursday March 24, 2022 will feature activities such as road walk during which sensitization will be carried out on the streets of Lafia, the capital of Nasarawa State about Tuberculosis.
There will also be sputum collection to conduct free Tuberculosis tests for those who have been coughing for more than two weeks.
In an earlier interaction with our correspondent as part of activities to mark the 2022 World TB Day, Pharmacist Charles Eyefian, the Programme Officer, Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN), Lafia office said apart from government officials from the State Ministry of Health, non-governmental organisations such as IHVN, Breakthrough Action Nigeria (BA-N) and others are expected to be fully part of the activities.
He said: “People from the government will be there – because we said investment. And investment is not just money. Time is also investment. The time that the Director could have been using to rest, he will be there to create awareness.
“There will also be other non-governmental organizations. Like mine, the Institute of Human Virology will be there. There will be placards, there will be banners talking about the World TB Day so that there will be awareness. Breakthrough Action Nigeria will also be there. There is a long list of organizations that will be there because we all intend to invest in TB so that we can save lives. We have already invested but we will do more investment. The citizens of Nasarawa deserve to be free of TB.”
Speaking further on the activities to mark the 2022 World TB Day in Nasarawa State, the Assistant Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Nasarawa State Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme, Mr. James Abagi said during the road walk, the good news about tuberculosis will be propagated.
In his words: “People actually don’t know what is this TB. But from time to time as we create awareness using the local languages, people understand what TB is. That is why it is becoming good news where treatment is free and test is free. Treatment centres are also everywhere. That is the good news about TB.”
He said that apart from the activities in Lafia LGA, there will be outreaches in other Local Government Areas of the State where sensitization will also be carried out as well as free TB tests.
The road walk in Lafia is scheduled to commence from the premises of the State Ministry of Health at 8:00am through Jos Road to the premises of the Nasarawa State Primary Health Care Development Agency in Bukan Sidi, Lafia.