World TB Day: Bauchi Establishes 570 Free TB Treatment Centres

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The Bauchi State government says it has established 570 free Tuberculosis (TB) treatment centres across the state.

Dr Aliyu Maigoro, the state commissioner for health disclosed this on Wednesday in Bauchi at a briefing to commemorate the 2021 world Tuberculosis day, supported by USAID Breakthrough Action.

He said the state government under the state Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS, the Leprosy and Malaria (BACATMA) has made significant progress in the control of Tuberculosis in the state.

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“The state established 570 free TB treatment centers ,177 TB diagnostic centres and 12 GeneXpert Machines.

“Which is the latest for diagnosing both drugs sensitive TB bacteria and the drugs resistant strain of the bacteria that cause multi -drug resistant form of TB (MDR TB),” he said.

The Commissioner for Health explained that they detected and notified 4,430 drug susceptible TB cases.

“Out of the 4,082 new cases detected in 2019 at the end of their treatment in 2020, 93% were successfully treated,” Maigoro said.

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Maigoro said the state is committed to reaching the high risk population for TB to identify and implement innovative strategies to improve testing and treatment among the high risk.

He called on the stakeholders, civil society organizations, religious leaders, private sectors to join the drive to roll out the strategy to reach, diagnose, treat and cure those suffering from Tuberculosis in the state.

Dr Maigoro commended the development partners that contribute in moving the state forward and taking care of Tuberculosis in the state.

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“The state government appreciates partners such as Netherlands leprosy Relief World Health Organizations, USAID Breakthrough Action, Community Based Organizations among others for their efforts in the fight against TB in the state,” He said

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