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Benue ranks highest in N/Central TB cases – Official

The Benue State Government on Monday disclosed that the state ranked highest in tuberculosis (TB) cases among states in the North Central. The Commissioner for…

The Benue State Government on Monday disclosed that the state ranked highest in tuberculosis (TB) cases among states in the North Central.

The Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Yanmar Ortese, who disclosed this at a press conference in Makurdi to mark this year’s World Health Day, said, “Our fight against tuberculosis is ongoing, with the state ranking sixth in the country and first in the North Central zone for TB cases.”

Ortese stressed the need for all hands to be on deck in the fight to reverse the high trend of tuberculosis in Benue State.

He further disclosed that the state had enrolled over 50,000 of its most vulnerable population into the state’s health insurance scheme under the basic healthcare provision fund programme across the 276 political wards of the state.

The commissioner added that over 5,500 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) had also been enrolled in the health insurance scheme, thereby optimising healthcare delivery to the most vulnerable.