The Programme Manager of the Kaduna State Government on Tuberculosis, Leprosy and Buruli Ulcer Control Programme, Dr.
Abubakar Sadiq, announced that the state have identified 10,901 tuberculosis patients in the state, as of December 2021 and place them on treatment.
He stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Kaduna with the press.
Abubakar said this indicated an increase of about 86 per cent when compared with the 5,878 cases detected in the year 2020.
He acknowledged the immense support received from the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme, the state government and various partners.
“The state government has procured five mobile diagnostic trucks equipped with digital X-ray machines and 10 colour gene Xpert machines for the integrated diagnosis of tuberculosis, COVID-19 and various other diseases in remote communities across the state.
“With the procurement of this equipment, the detection of tuberculosis cases will be facilitated, hence the increase in the number of patients,” he said.
Sadiq said the state government intended to intensify efforts on the detection of cases through increased access to services, out-patients door screening and tuberculosis patient contact investigation, among others.
He called on residents to support the state to enable the identification of all tuberculosis cases in communities, to eliminate the disease.
“Remember, any cough that lasts two weeks or more could be tuberculosis; diagnosis and treatment are free and are widely available across the state.
“Again, tuberculosis is treatable and curable,” he said.
Tuberculosis: Kaduna records over 10,000 cases in 2021