KNSG, WHO partner to fight TB, NCDs 

KNSG, WHO partner to fight TB, NCDs 

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The Kano State Government and the World Health Organization have collaborated to fight tuberculosis and non-communicable diseases in the state.

KNSG, WHO partner to fight TB, NCDs 

 

By Abdulyassar Abdulhamid 

 

The Kano State Government and the World Health Organization have collaborated to fight tuberculosis and non-communicable diseases in the state.

This was disclosed on Thursday when a high delegation of WHO paid a courtesy visit to Governor Abdullahi Umar Gandue of Kano State at his office, Government, House, Kano.

Speaking, the leader of the delegation, Annabel Baddely, Global Office WHO, Genena, said the mission to Nigeria aimed at galvanizing multi-sectoral reaction on tuberculosis and non-communicable diseases, as a follow-up to the UN general Assembly meeting on turberculosis and non-communicable diseases.

The mission, however, aimed at exploring synergies for a decisive fight against the menace of tuberculosis and non-communicable diseases in the state.

According to Baddely, both tuberculosis and NCDs have one commonality, adding that what is needed is avigorous awareness campaign.

Baddely said: “75% cases of tuberculosis in Kano was not detected last year. And they are detectable for they have common socio-determinants. We have understood that there is poor public awareness. They require a whole sector response as well as robust health care response.

“The choice of Kano State is strategic due to thepopulation size and the visible commitment made by the state government, toward addressing the challenges.”

She, however, commended “the enormous efforts” made by the state government in moving forward the health care agenda.

She stated: “We have noted your efforts in new  universal healthcare coverage, increased allocation to TB in particular and health sector in general.”

In his remarks, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State stated that health-wise Kano State is vulnerable, but the state government is strengthening a health care in the 484 wards of the state.

According to him, the state government has realized the problem that is why health care facilities are being strengthened.

Ganduje said: “We ensure that every ward has a functional health facility in terms of capacity training, physical condition, equipments and consumables.”

The governor added that the major problem facing the sector is finanncing, adding that the government has adopted various approaches to address the problem.

He added: “First of all we increase our budgetary provision. Secondly we introduced a contributory health Care system whereby civil servants and public servants contribute to the basket so that their families can get health care service for almost free, in addition to health trust fund where 5% of the state internally generated revenue and 1% of the stutory local government allocation are contributed to the baskt every month.”

Earlier speaking, the head, WHO Regional Office for Africa, Jean Marie Dangou appreciated the state government’s commitment and reiterated the regional office’s willingness to work hard-in-hard with the state government toward addressing the challenges posed by tuberculosis and NDCs.

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