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TB IN NIGERIA
Nigeria is among the 14 high burden countries for TB
TB/HIV and Multi Drug Resistant TB. The country is ranked seventh among the 30 high TB burden countries and second in Africa. The problem of TB in Nigeria has been made worse by the issues of drug resistant TB and the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
According to the World Health Organization, Nigeria is among the ten countries that account for 64% of the global gap in TB case finding. India, Indonesia and Nigeria account for almost half of the total gap.
TB facts in Nigeria
Nigeria ranks 6th among the 30 countries with highest TB burden in the world and 1st in Africa
Nigeria accounts for 4% of the global gap between new TB cases and notified cases (diagnosed, treated and reported)
Out of 429,000 estimated new TB cases in Nigeria only 106,533 were notified to the NTBLCP as at the end of 2018 with 24% treatment coverage
In Nigeria, of an estimated 21,000 drug-resistant TB cases recorded, only 2,275 (11%) were diagnosed and enrolled on second line treatment as at end of 2018
In Nigeria, 6% of all forms of notified TB cases are children less than 15 years
DOTS clinic is available in 27% of health facilities in Nigeria, while only 8% have TB diagnostic services
Of the $278 million needed for TB control in Nigeria in the year 2018, only 40% was available to all the implementers of TB control activities in Nigeria (8% domestic and 32% donor funds), with 60% funding gap.
Low case detection and lack of adequate knowledge about TB due to low awareness creation are two of the major challenges facing TB response in Nigeria.
In addition, only 50% of the LGAs in the country have the recommended rapid diagnostic machine (GeneXpert) for TB diagnosis in the country.
To end TB in Nigeria, more domestic resources are needed especially from government at all levels and from corporate sector to support TB programs and services.
THE MUNKA ILA’S FAMILY STORY
Me, my wife and my 4 older children were able to start the drugs immediately and we are currently doing well. The cough has stopped but the nurse in PHC Yelwa told us we must complete the drugs for 6 months so that we can be cured.
“I want to thank the KNCV staff that interviewed me at the clinic and USAID money to control TB in the state. I would like to let people know that TB is real and there is a cure so people should stop hiding if they are coughing. They should come to the hospital for test. Those that have the TB should be patient and swallow their drugs. They should do everything the HCW ask them to do so that they can be cured of TB. Because I have this disease and I know small about it, I am open to telling people about it and even if I see my friend or neighbour coughing, I will tell them to go for test immediately”
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