Kaduna records 4,506 TB cases in 5 months, says Official


Agency report

Kaduna State Tuberculosis, Leprosy and Buruli Ulcer Programme on Tuesday said it has recorded 4,506 TB cases in the state.

The State Programme Manager, Dr Sadiq Idris, made this known in Kaduna yesterday.

‘This represents a 114 per cent increase when compared to Q1 of 2021 TB case findings,” he said.

He said that the programme has expanded its services in the state to 976 treatment centres and all patients have been placed on free treatment.

“These centres cover all the 31 general hospitals, 672 primary health centres, 222 private health facilities, 48 faith-based facilities and three tertiary centres (68 per cent facility coverage) in the state.

“The state government has also procured five mobile diagnostic trucks equipped with digital X-ray machines and 10 colour gene xpert machines for the integrated diagnosis of tuberculosis, COVID-19 and various other diseases in remote communities across the state.

”This will no doubt increase tuberculosis case findings in the state,” Idris said.

He added that the programme planned to intensify its tuberculosis case finding activities through community active search, increased access to services through dots expansion, intensified out-patients door screening and tuberculosis patient contact investigation.