WHO alerts on TB surge

WHO alerts on TB surge

Alarming Increase in Tuberculosis Infections

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recently expressed its concern about the rising number of Tuberculosis (TB) infections in Borno. Dr Walter Mulombo, the Head of Mission/Country Representative, shared this worrying information during the North-East Nigeria 13th WHO End-Term Joint Operations Review (JOR) in Yola.

Understanding Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis is an infectious disease caused by a type of bacteria that primarily affects the lungs. It can spread from person to person through the air when someone with TB coughs or sneezes.

The Impact of Boko Haram Insurgency

The Boko Haram insurgency has greatly affected Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe (BAY) states. These areas have faced significant challenges, including the loss of health institutions and the abduction or killing of healthcare workers. As a result, the fight against tuberculosis has become even more difficult.

WHO’s Commitment to Address the Problem

Dr Walter Mulombo assured the Borno government that WHO is ready to collaborate and tackle the growing tuberculosis problem. He emphasized the urgency of the situation, stating that Borno could become a ticking time bomb for a tuberculosis outbreak in Nigeria.

Call to Action

Dr. Mulombo urged all stakeholders to take immediate action to accelerate assistance and achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goal of leaving no one behind. It is crucial to work together to prevent a humanitarian crisis.

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Challenges and Assistance

Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno highlighted the challenges faced by the state, including the need for more healthcare staff and equipment to combat tuberculosis effectively. He also mentioned the state’s reliance on the military to reach remote areas for healthcare services.

Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa expressed gratitude to WHO for its contributions in various areas, such as capacity building and disease surveillance. He emphasized the need for continuous assistance, particularly in training healthcare workers to handle new diseases.

Dr Muhammad Gana, the Yobe Commissioner for Health, praised WHO’s excellent contributions to health issues in the state. He acknowledged the challenges caused by the insurgency but emphasized that WHO’s intervention has helped alleviate the situation.

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