WHO and partners scale up action for a TB free Nigeria

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has reaffirmed its commitment to support Nigeria in eradicating Tuberculosis (TB), one of the top infectious killer diseases in the world.

WHO deputy country representative Chimbaru Alexander in his goodwill message at the 2021 National TB conference in Abuja on Tuesday said WHO as a technical partner will continue supporting the National TB program at all levels.

Although Nigeria recorded a gain in its fight against TB in 2020, Nigeria ranks sixth among 30 TB High Burden countries in the world and has the highest burden in Africa. As such necessitates a continuous strategic intervention by the federal government, the WHO, and partners to reduce the burden of the disease in the country by 2030.

In the quest to reduce the burden of the disease in Nigeria, Chimbaru said “WHO has supported the government to develop guidelines, Standard Operating Procedures, adopt new strategies, regimen, and interventions in addition to building capacities and enhancing data analysis and use for optimizing performance.”