Bauchi State government has expressed determination to achieving SDGs goal three and Universal Health Coverage through the eradication of life threatening diseases.
The goal three of the SDGs seeks to achieve Good Health and Well being of people across the globe, including a bold commitment to end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other communicable diseases by 2030.
The Wife of the State Governor Hajiya Aisha Bala Muhammad stated this at the official commencement of activities marking World Tuberculosis Day at Bayara General Hospital Bauchi.
Hajiya Aisha Bala Muhammad said the present administration in the state has made tremendous success in the attainment of the SDGs target through the allocation of 15 percent of its budget to health, holding of Health Summit and declaration of State of emergency in the sector.
“In order to achieve the SDG goal and WHO end TB strategy, I call on Government at all levels, civil society organisations, communities affected by TB, health care providers, national and international partners,to collate more resources to ensure equitable access to TB prevention and treatment”, she submitted.
She stressed the need for people especially women to imbibe the habit of cleanliness, eat healthy diet and go for testing when they notice symptoms of TB.
Earlier, the State Commissioner of Health Dr Aliyu Muhammad Maigoro said the target to end TB by 2030 would not be achieved with a huge deficit of forty two percent in funding as forty six percent of required finance is provided by development partners.
“Tuberculosis funding has declined worldwide, about twenty six percent is coming from the national and subnational, while the global fund is supporting most of the states with about forty six percent, and so there exist a gap of about forty two percent worldwide for the support, treatment as well as care to the people of the world regarding control of tuberculosis” he disclosed.
Dr Maigoro commended the present administration for its effort in the release of funds towards the control of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Leprosy, Malaria and other life threatening diseases in the state.
Speaking on behalf of other donor Partners Representative of WHO Dr Haruna Adamu and that of USAID Shop Plus project Madam Zipora who pledged readiness to support government towards ending the disease, stressed the need for people to join hands to ensure no one dies or loses means of livelihood as a result of TB.
In a remark, the State Secretary Tuberculosis Patients Support Group PRTB Maryam Yusuf expressed gratitude to Wife of the Governor and donor partners for their support and promised continued sensitization to end the disease.
The theme for this year’s celebration is “the clock is ticking” and the National Slogan in Nigeria is “that cough fit be TB not COVID, check am ooo”.
Meanwhile, wife of the governor who provided relief items to some TB patients to include eggs and other nutritional foodstuff among others, later joined a road walk as part of sensitization effort on the disease.
Abubakar Baba Ahmad