The Global Fund has approved a three-year grant worth $140million (N50.75billion) to tackle tuberculosis in Nigeria.
The Management Unit Lead Team for Global Fund TB Grant, National TB and Leprosy Programme, Dr Emperor Ubochioma, disclosed this in Abuja.
Dr Ubochioma said the grant approved will run from 2021 to 2023 to complement the efforts of the Federal Government to fight against tuberculosis.
The Global Fund approved a total sum of $890million to reduce the burden of three diseases, HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
She said 16 per cent out of the total fund released by the Global Fund will be used to fight against tuberculosis from 2021 to 2023.
Dr Ubochioma said Nigeria is sixth globally and first in Africa in terms of the disease burden.
It is estimated that 400,000 tuberculosis cases are detected annually in Nigeria.
We are working hard to detect all infected across the country especially community transmitting the disease.
Ubochioma said the Management Unit will make sure the treatment is free in the public sectors and also support private sectors to actually provide the services adequately.
We would also focus on creating awareness across the country about the disease and how it can be prevented.
According to him, the grant will also be used to procure drugs and facilities for patients to make the treatment and diagnosis easier.
Dr Ubochioma advised people living with the disease to visit the nearest tuberculosis centre or public hospitals to receive the treatment for free.