Stakeholders in the Health sector want the Federal Government to galvanize necessary support to reduce the prevelance of tuberculosis in the country.
The Acting Chairman Stop TB Partnership Nigeria, Dr. Ayodele Awe stated this at a virtual media round table on “Improving TB awareness creation: Lessons from COVID-19.
Dr. Awe who noted that Nigeria has over three hundred thousand TB missing cases, said out of that number, seventy five percent were those in the rural communities.
He also called for a re-orientation on the perception of TB by Nigerians through the use of multiple channels such as bringing all stakeholders on board in stemming the disease.
The Head, Advocacy, Communication and Social Mobilization Unit of the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme, Mrs Itohowo Uko said even though the treatment for the disease in the country was free, many patients sought alternative medicine due to lack of awareness as well as fear of stigmatization.
She stressed the need for communities to be involved in planning and designing of TB programmes.
Mrs Uko who identified the media as a veritable tool in the fight against TB called on the Federal Government to use established structures such as the National orientation Agency to effectively sensitize the public about the disease.