Religious and Community Leaders in Bauchi State as well as the Media have expressed willingness to use pulpits, preaching sessions and the airwaves to mobilise people for tuberculosis tests.
The Stakeholders who also pledged to intensify enlightenment on the dangers, causes and treatment of Tuberculosis made this known at a one-day orientation on the disease organised for members of the State Social and Behavior Change Advocacy Core Group by the state TB and Leprosy Control Programme with support from USAID Breakthrough Action Nigeria.
Co-Chairman of the Group, Abdullahi Yakubu Marafa who read out the resolution of the meeting said their decision was necessitated by the dangers of the disease and its low detection rate in the state.
Abdullahi Yakubu Marafa expressed worry that out of the over 15,000 cases occurring annually in the state, only a little over 4,000 are being detected and treated, representing less than 25%.
Programme Manager, State Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme, Dr. Yakubu Gida Abdullahi said at the moment, there are over 500 treatment sites of tuberculosis in the state and informed residents of the state that the treatment of the disease was free of charge.
The orientation was attended by various religious leaders as well as representatives of print and electronic media across the state.