Tuberculosis: Bauchi Governor’s wife Caution against Stigmatization of Patients
By Ahmed Ahmed
The Bauchi state Governor’s Wife Hajiya Aisha Mohammmed has cautioned general public against stigmatization and discrimination of Tuberculosis Patients in the state.
Mohammmed who sounded the caution at the opening ceremony of 2021 World Tuberculosis Day (WTD) commemoration on Monday in Bauchi said stigmatization and discrimination of patients have negative multiple effects on them.
The WTD is celebrated 24 of March every year, this year’s commemoration was organized by the Bauchi state Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Leprosy and Malaria, with the support of USAID, Breakthrough Action Nigeria on Monday in Bauchi
She stressed that all they need is care and love to give more strength to survive and have sense of belonging.
The wife of the Governor who is the tuberculosis champion in the state said the wife of the president Aisha Buhari has bestowed the role to wives of governors last year to champion campaigns for the eradication of the disease in their respective states.
She said their nomination as TB champions was necessary due to the devastating impact of the disease and the renewed efforts to give it a final push.
Mohammed reiterated that COVID 19 pandemic has put the eradication of TB at risk hence the need for intensive awareness and efforts to tackle it.
Earlier, Dr Mohammmed Maigoro, the state Commissioner of Health reiterated the commitment of the state government to ending Tuberculosis (TB) by the year 2030 in line with the federal government’s recommendation of ensuring TB free Nigeria.
Dr. Maigoro said the 2021 world TB day commemoration with the theme clock is ticking and the slogan “that cough ,efit be Tuberculosis ‘Check am o!’ make sense for stakeholders to raise to their responsibility and end the dreaded disease.
According to him, over 400, 000 people in the country have TB at present adding that there were many undetected infections during COVID 19 pandemic in the nation as those with symptoms avoided tests for the fear of being diagnosed with the coronavirus.
He advised anyone who coughs for two weeks or has signs of the disease to rush to hospital for tests noting that both the examination and treatment are free of charge.