By John Michael
The Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole has been appointed a Board member of the Stop TB Partnership, the United Nation High Level Decision body making on TB.
The Board has the responsibility of building awareness at the highest level, identifying critical barriers in the TB space and facilitating consensus on strategy and policy –making.
It also oversees the effective implementation of the stop TB partnership’s Operation Strategy and Global Plan to end TB 2016-2020.
The ministry in a statement issued by Boade Akinola, its Director, Media and Public Relations, said Adewole who is a strong advocate of TB detection and treatment has recently initiated strategy towards ending TB menace in Nigeria.
It said the appointment therefore, was a reflection of excellent leadership qualities and vision in the fight against TB in Nigeria.
During the recently concluded National Council on Health meeting which held in Kano in June this year, the Minister recommended Tuberculosis (TB) screening as pre- medical test to newly employed public servants in both Federal and State Governments level and newly admitted students into Secondary and Tertiary Institutions in the country.
“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” Adewole said.