The Nigerian parliament has assured the United Nations (UN) High Level Meeting (HLM) on Tuberculosis and Global TB Caucus of its support to end tuberculosis in the country.
The spokesman of the House of Representatives, Benjamin Kalu, gave the assurance when he joined other global leaders at the official pre-meeting of the Stop TB Partnership Board Event organised by the Global TB Caucus held virtually at the weekend.
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The event was a call for stakeholders to reflect on the journey towards achieving the United Nations High Level Meeting (HLM) on Tuberculosis targets, in order to align their actions with the current realities, most especially with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking on advancing tuberculosis priorities at the national level through parliamentary actions and partnerships, he noted that the COVID-19 pandemic had posed a threat to achieving the set targets despite the commitments of Heads of State and Governments during the UN HLM on TB in 2018.
He said Nigeria as a country was working relentlessly towards achieving the UN HLM targets through close working relationships between in-country stakeholders, and relevant ministries, departments and agencies of government.
“So far, the National Assembly of Nigeria, through the AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Control Committee and other health-related committees, is doing everything possible through legislative actions to ensure that the country responds to the pandemic adequately, leaving no disease and no one behind,” he said.