A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation in Nigeria, has said it is keen on finding the missing tuberculosis (TB) patients in both public and private facilities in Kano.
Daily Trust reports that the state government earlier announced that no fewer than 20,522 patients who tested positive to TB had gone missing since 2019.
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Speaking at the commissioning of a TB lamp platform donated by Human Diagnostics through KNCV to the Infectious Diseases Hospital in Kano, Dr Odume Bethrand, Chief of Party, USAID TB LON Regions 1 and 2 Project and Executive Director of the foundation, said its current TB LON project which had expanded to 134 facilities across 39 LGAs was offering routine screening for TB, including diagnosis and treatment.
He said the organisiation had also deployed a mobile diagnostic unit called Wellness on Wheels (WoW) for active TB cases search in hard-to-reach communities across the 44 LGAs in Kano State, adding that a recently conducted baseline assessment of the Domestic Resource Mobilisation (DRM) landscape in Kano showed some gaps in funding for the TB programme.
He said, “We will continue to build on our partnership with the state and will solicit for more support to the TB programme in unmet funding needs considering this noted gaps in domestic resources for TB control in the state.”