FG reviews national plan for tuberculosis and leprosy control – By Gracia Obi
Towards improving efficiency in combating two deadly diseases, the Federal Government has announced that it is currently reviewing the National Strategic Plan for Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control.
The outcome of the evaluation, which is being conducted by teams of international experts, with the support of TB experts in Nigeria, is expected to be used in re-strategising interventions and efforts towards reaching the Millennium Development Goals target by 2015.
It also said the National Strategic Plan for Tuberculosis and Leprosy has, so far, provided services to over 4,000 hospitals and health facilities across the country.
The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu,said recently at the mid-term evaluation of the plan in Abuja that the review would facilitate the emergence of an adjusted and reviewed National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Strategic Plan Suitable for funding from government Global Fund, USAID, Centre for Disease Control (CDC) and other partners.
The Director of Family Health at the Ministry, Dr. Bridge Okoegbule, represented the Minister at the occasion.
National Coordinator of the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme, Dr. Olusegun Obasanya, stated that the programme has so far provided health services in some 4,000 health facilities across the country.
“We have gone midway, though yearly we have been looking at our progress, but midway, we need to stop to look at what we have done, look at our achievements, our challenges and from there, re-strategies to say okay, let’s look at how we have been doing and see how we can improve our situation.”