The state Programme Manager TB and Leprosy Control, Dr Boniface Gundiri, made this known on Monday in Yola at a ceremony to mark 2017 World TB Day
Dr. Gundiri said 60 drug resistance cases were recorded among the total cases of 2,756 TB cases recorded last year.
He raised concern over the rising cases of drug resistance TB in the state and called for additional funding and personnel to ensure more effective fight against the epidemic.
The manager lauded partners involved in the crusade, pointing out that there is increase in the cases finding from last year which informed the opening of a treatment centre at the Yola Federal Medical Centre to handle patients with drug resistance TB.
He listed some the challenges facing the programme in state as inaduquate of funding and personnel to track patients.
“Part of our challenges are funding and the issue of motivation for TB supervisors who at times use their money to look for patients,” Gundiri said.
In his welcome address, the Director, Public Health, Dr Bwalki Dili, said this year’s theme: “It is Time’’ was a wakeup call for everyone to sit up towards the target of eradicating TB by 2030.
Bwalki stressed the need for more public enlightenment particularly those with symptoms of coughing for two weeks or more to visit the nearest TB centres for prompt actio
Also speaking, the representative of Jannah Health Foundation (JHF), a leading partnering NGO, Dr Stephen John, said the foundation has 102 TB supervisors across the state.
Stephen reiterated the commitment of the NGO to continue to partner with the state and organisations involved in the fight against TB and other epidemic in the state.
Ealiar in her remarks, the Hon Commissioner for Dr Fatima Atiku Abubakar lauded health workers involved in the fight against TB and assured them of support.
Fatima said the World TB Day commemoration was the first in the state by the administration to show its renewed commitment to the fight against the scourge.
“The essence World TB Day to raise public awareness about the devastating health, social and economic consequences of TB, and to step up efforts to end the global TB epidemic.” She said
Fatima who noted the high level of milk production in the state, cautioned the public, particularly nomads, against the consumption of unpasteurised milk which, she noted, was one of the major causes of TB.
Other personalities in attendance include the permanent sexratary Mr. Kenedy bartimaus, Dr. Bala Saidu MD state specialist hospital, yola