Bauchi State reportedly recorded 7,806 cases of tuberculosis in 2022.
This was made known by the Executive Secretary of the Bauchi State Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Leprosy and Malaria, Dr Sani Mohammad, on Monday at a news conference to mark the 2023 World Tuberculosis Day in Bauchi.
Mohammed, who represented the Commissioner for Health, Dr Sabiu Gwalabe, at the news conference, said the figure is an increase of 2,154 over the 5,652 recorded in 2021.
According to him, the 2022 figure represents about a 53 per cent increase from what was recorded in 2021.
"Out of the 5,518 new cases that were placed on treatment in 2022, about 5,192; that is 94 per cent were successfully treated at the end of the year.
“Bauchi State currently has 794 free tuberculosis treatment centres, 127 diagnostic centres and 15 GeneXperts,’’ he said.
Mohammed said the state government, in collaboration with implementing partners such as Breakthrough Action-Nigeria, is conducting active case findings across Bauchi State.
In his remarks, Dr Yakubu Abdullahi, Director of the Tuberculosis Control Programme in Bauchi State, said the agency would train paediatric doctors from secondary and tertiary institutions on case detection among children.
He said that there is a collaboration also between the agency and nutritional clinics in the state to detect tuberculosis in children.
“Diagnosing tuberculosis in children is a challenge, but we have decided to use their stools as samples,’’ Abdullahi said.
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