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Kwara Governor seeks eradication of tuberculosis, leprosy from rural communities
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By Innocent Senyo
January 23, 2018 11:50:53am GMT      |      Views: 576
Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State

WorldStage Newsonline-- A call for concerted efforts to eradicate communicable diseases ravaging rural communities in Nigeria has been made by Kwara State Governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed.

According yo a statement, the Governor made the call while receiving delegates from Damien Foundation Belgium led by its country representative, Dr. Osman Eltayeb at Government House Ilorin.

Specifically, he said steps must be taken to eradicate diseases like Tuberculosis and leprosy in the environment stating that the diseases are directly linked to reduced productivity.

He noted that the responsibility of eradicating these communicable diseases is beyond what government can do alone, calling on Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), corporate bodies and individuals to partner with government to eradicate the diseases.

Alhaji Ahmed said the state has committed resources to support preventive cases and has made support available at the primary level of healthcare delivery system to ensure quality and adequate healthcare available across the State.

According to him, “our government has done so much on support for primary and secondary health and we are still planning to support tertiary health care for an improved healthcare delivery”.

Earlier, the country representative of Damien Foundation Belgium, Dr Osman Eltayeb said the NGO has been in the country since 1993 with the aim of eradicating Tuberculosis and Leprosy. He stated that the NGO is collaborating with Federal Ministry of Health to combat the Tuberculosis and Leprosy adding that Kwara State has been penciled down for capacity building on both diseases.

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