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RSG Partners Traditional Rulers To End Tuberculosis

The Rivers State Government has promised to partner with Traditional Rulers to disseminate information to the grassroots on the need to maintain a Tuberculosis (TB) free state.

Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike made this known during the commemoration of the 2019 World Tuberculosis Day held at the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers Secretariat, Port Harcourt, Sunday.

Wike, who was represented by the Commissioner for Health, Prof Princewill Chike said the choice was a strategy to sustain royal blessing and support to end the deadly disease in the state.

According to him, as people who have authority to speak to their subjects they should ensure that their subjects know their TB status and also receive such treatments free at all the support sites, adding that the commitment of the State Government in transforming the Health sector cannot be over-emphasized.

He noted that TB spreads fast in the rural areas and efforts should be intensified to eradicate it by 2030, and called on the Traditional Rulers to advise their children to protect government facilities in their domain.

The Commissioner in his address further stated that the Governor’s effort for the Health sector had yielded more support and collaboration with international partners and other relevant stake-holders, and that despite the challenges, the State Control Programme of TB has continued to bring medals to Rivers State with their impressive focus on intensifying TB case patients, with a care rate of over 80 percent which is one of the highest in the country.

Chike reiterated that the theme of the 2019 World TB Day, “It’s Time Rivers People Culturally United To End TB”, speaks volume of partnering the Traditional Rulers to see a TB-free state, and thanked all for their efforts in ensuring the desire to end TB in Rivers State.

Responding, the Chairman of Rivers State Council of Traditional Ruler and Amanyanabo of Opobo Kingdom, His Majesty, King Dandeson Douglas Jaja, Jeki V, thanked the Rivers State Government for deciding to hold the programme at the council and promised to carry out the message to their subjects at the grassroot to ensure total eradication of TB cases at their domain.

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