By Hassan Zaggi
In order to detect and treat Tuberculosis (TB) promptly, the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has advocated for compulsory TB screening for newly employed civil servants at both the federal and state levels and students.
He further directed all healthcare workers to conduct routine symptomatic TB screening at all Out Patient Departments (OPDs) in all health facilities to ensure prompt diagnosis and eventual treatment of the positive TB cases.
Adewole made the call while chairing the 61st National Council on Health Meeting in Kano. .
“I wish to advocate that mandatory TB screening be offered to both those who seek health care with or without symptoms/signs compatible with TB and those who do not.
“Mandatory TB screening should be part of pre-employment medical tests for newly employed staff in all Ministries, Departments & Agencies at all levels (Federal, state and LGA); and newly admitted students into Secondary and all Tertiary institutions in the country.
“This will enable prompt detection and treatment of TB in Nigeria.
“It is also necessary to inform Council that in order to further ensure that TB cases are detected among children and their care givers; I have approved the inclusion of TB response strategies in activities to be addressed under the saving One Million Lives Programme for Result (SOML PforR),” Adewole noted.