President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government on Friday said it declared total war against the scourge of tuberculosis (TB) in the country.

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, made this known at the launch of a laboratory for tuberculosis diagnosis at Kuchigoro Primary Health Centre, Abuja, to mark the 2017 World Tuberculosis Day with the theme “Unite to End TB.’’

Adewole, while inspecting the health centre, says TB is a chronic disease which affects the organs of the body especially the lungs.

He said that the main symptoms of the disease were prolonged cough, weight loss, night sweat, coughing out blood and fatigue.

He added that statistics show an increase in TB cases in the last two decades in the country, partly due to HIV, overcrowding, poverty, humanitarian crisis and other factors.

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The minister reiterated President Buahri’s commitment toward eradicating the
menace, saying “the tuberculosis laboratory contains equipment that ‎will be used in
detecting and treating the disease in the country.

He said Federal Government established 318 TB centres in Nigeria, noting that
same would be done in every part of the country.

Aderonke Agbaje, the Associate Director for Global Fund Programme, Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN), said that the laboratory donated by the Institute was worth 20,000 dollars.

Agbaje, who was represented by Dr Patrick Dakum, the Chief Executive Officer of IHVN, said that the Institute was also providing technical support to the health centre.