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2017 World TB Day

24 March 2017, is World TB day as declared by World Health Organization (WHO).  The Walter Reed Program Nigeria in an inter-agency collaboration supported the event with TB public enlightenment through the media (television and radio).  Several national events commemorated the day which begun with seminars, followed by a road-show and TB sensitization outreach at Kuchingoro village in Abuja.  DOD Walter Reed’s Senior Program Specialist, Care and Treatment, Dr. Lawal Ismail speaking on Nigeria’s Television Authority International, “Media Chat”, encouraged all, not to stigmatize or discriminate against people having TB but to enlighten them on how to maintain TB etiquette.  He said, “all must unite to end TB in the country.  TB is not to be left to the health sector alone but should be a concern of everybody.”
TB is one of the leading cause of death among People Living with HIV (PLHIV), the Walter
Reed Program-Nigeria focuses on intensifying TB case finding through use of modern technology and treatment of positive cases in the military barracks and its surrounding communities. It also supports infection control practices at the military health facility level.