The federal government has deployed health officers, resources and strategies to all the states to investigate, test and treat tuberculosis patients for free.
The National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme (NTLCP) identified low case finding and contact tracing as the major challenges hindering the eradication of tuberculosis in Nigeria.
The Programme National Co-ordinator, Adebola Lawanson, disclosed this at the review meeting, organised by Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria, and the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme, in Lagos.
Lawanson said the challenges had forced the Federal Ministry of Health to embark on the massive deployment of personnel and material to confront the menace of tuberculosis.
“The review is to enable stakeholders at all levels and partners in the multi-resistant tuberculosis programme to interact and review the progress so far, identify key implementation challenges and possible solutions to tuberculosis. If one patient has tuberculosis, many people may be affected through contact, that is why we stress the need for every tuberculosis patient to be tested and treated on time,” she said.