In the first quarter of 2021, the Kaduna State Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme recorded 2,103 new cases of tuberculosis.
Dr. Abubakar Sadiq, the Programme Manager, revealed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Kaduna.
According to Sadiq, tuberculosis case detection has increased from 4,404 in 2019 to 5,878 in 2020, with 2,103 new cases detected in the first quarter of 2021.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown challenges, he claims that the figure represents a 33% increase over the 2019 figure.
He went on to say that “this case detection rate only represents 30% of the state tuberculosis case detection target, implying that more work is required.”
The program’s manager stated that medical healers, private chemists, and traditional birth attendants would be involved in the identification of tuberculosis cases in the state. According to him, the state decided to involve various health practitioners because some people sought treatment from them first before going to the hospital.
“In some communities, they are the first point of contact for some people. People trust this group of health professionals more than they trust any other health facility.
“We are engaging them now so that they can assist us in our case identification by referring them to the hospital for Tuberculosis test,’’ he said.
Other strategies implemented to improve active case finding, according to Sadiq, included target outreaches, house-to-house searches, and screening of all hospital attendees in secondary and tertiary health facilities.
According to him, the number of facilities providing tuberculosis services in the state has increased from 43% to 62% coverage across the entire state.
“This, we will continue to support till every facility is providing TB services in the state.’’
He noted that the state’s treatment rate was excellent, with approximately 94% of Tuberculosis cases diagnosed and successfully managed.
He urged residents to get tested and confirmed if they had the disease, particularly if they had a cough for more than two weeks and emphasized that the disease was curable.