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Tuberculosis Scourge: Rivers Records 3728 Cases

Nigeria has been ranked as the highest tuberculosis (TB) burdened country in Africa with over 300,000 cases according to World Health Organization (WHO) statistics.

Permanent Secretary, Rivers State Ministry of Health, Dr. Ndidi Chukanele Utchay who disclosed this at the 2020 World Tuberculosis Day held in the state, noted that Tuberculosis has continued to pose a challenge to public health due to its high prevalence in the country.

She said the incidence of TB cases has remained high in the country and advocated for more stakeholders commitment to achieve the 2030 target goal.

The permanent secretary disclosed that in 2019 over 3728 persons were diagnosed and treated in the state.

She called for the involvement of community, political and religious leaders to strengthen the collective fight to eradicate the scourge.

Permanent Secretary Rivers State Primary Health Management Board, Dr. Agba-Harry Agriye, called for greater awareness and challenged health officers to change their attitude towards TB patients.

Chairman of the event and General Overseer of Omega Power Ministry (OPM) Apostle Chubuzor Chinyere  commended the state government of its attention to sufferers of TB and expressed the commitment of the church to continue to complement the effort of the government in health service delivery. 

The World Tuberculosis Day is celebrated yearly on 24th of March.

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