Wife of Bauchi State governor, Hajiya Aisha Mohammmed has cautioned the general public against stigmatization and discrimination of Tuberculosis patients in the state.
Mohammmed who gave the warning, Monday in Bauchi at the opening ceremony of the 2021 World Tuberculosis Day (WTD) commemoration, said stigmatization and discrimination of patients have multiple effects on them.
This year’s commemoration with the theme: ‘that cough, efit be tuberculosis check am o!’ was organised by the Bauchi State Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Leprosy and Malaria, with the support of USAID, Breakthrough Action Nigeria.
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 said the president’s wife, Aisha Buhari has bestowed a 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.
According to him, over 400, 000 people in the country have TB at present, adding that there were many undetected infections during the 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.