Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Tuberculosis: Health minister inaugurates N32m referral laboratory at UCH

Tuberculosis killed an estimated 1.8 million people in 2015

The minister said the equipment would help the Federal Government to accelerate TB case findings.

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, on Monday, July 3, inaugurated a multi-million naira tuberculosis (TB)  referral laboratory built by Agbami Co-Ventures at a cost of N32 million.

Agbami Co-Ventures  is  a joint partnership made up  of  NNPC, Petrobras, Statoil, Famfa Oil and Chevron, all oil majors.

Inaugurating the  project at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Adewole said the  donation of  the equipment should be seen as an investment that would yield profitable returns.

"This project is quite in synergy with our goal to control and eradicate tuberculosis," Adewole said.

"Investing in TB is a wise investment. When you invest one dollar in infrastructure you get three dollars in return but invest one dollar in TB, you get 85 dollars. There is a huge profit.

"In any case a healthy workforce is needed for productive output and we quite appreciate this support because of the returns we get from it."

According to him, the equipment would also help the Federal Government  to accelerate TB case findings.

"Five out of six TB cases in Nigeria are undetected and we want to strengthen our ability to find them, treat them and cure them, and this is doable," he said.

Adewole, however, advised members of the public  to avoid overcrowding and  refrain from eating  contaminated food  to prevent contacting  TB.

"When there is a case of cough lasting for more than two weeks, anybody with undiagnosed fever, sudden weight loss and producing blood  sputum is a suspected case of TB and it should be reported. TB treatment is free," he said.

The minister, who commended the Agbami group for the initiative, called on other private companies to key into public-private partnership for sustainable and accelerated socio-economic development.

"No government can do it alone; advancement and progress are  recorded when the  private sector collaborates  with the government," he said.

 


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