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400 residents benefit from free tuberculosis screening in Bauchi

“The aim is to promote public health and awareness creation among the people to encourage healthy living.”

• March 2, 2024
Tuberculosis
Tuberculosis patient [Photo Credit: The ICIR]

No fewer than 400 residents of Bauchi have benefitted from the free tuberculosis screening exercise initiated by a group, Langa Women Development Association.

The programme manager of the group, Ogala Ogala, said this at the inauguration of the two-day exercise on Saturday in Bauchi.

He said the exercise was designed to promote public health and curb the spread of tuberculosis.

He said the exercise was being implemented in collaboration between the organisation, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Bauchi State Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Leprosy and Malaria ( BACATMA).

“We targeted the ECWA Women Conference for the Bauchi South to conduct free screening exercises.

“The aim is to promote public health and awareness creation among the people to encourage healthy living.

“This is not just for women alone but whoever is at the designated venue can also access the free screening,” he said.

Also, Dr Simon Mafwalal, its senior project manager, said the group with the support of the U.S. agency was providing TB screening services in the state.

“We can have all the equipment used for screening TB; whoever is diagnosed with the disease or has symptoms will be given the required treatment and counselling,” he said.

Mr Mafwalal said that the medical van has the capacity to screen 250 clients daily, adding that a reasonable number of people would be screened before the end of the exercise.

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