Oyo State Government, through the permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Olusoji Adeyanju has urged commercial drivers in the State to avail themselves for the on-going free Tuberculosis Test across the designated centres across the State.
She stated this during a flag -off ceremony of the free Tuberculosis testing week held at Ojoo Bus terminal, Ibadan.
According to him, the present administration under the leadership of Engineer Seyi Makinde has made public health one of the four cardinal pillars of the government and expanding Health care delivery to all nooks and crannies of the State.
The Permanent Secretary added that the State Government had provided a conducive environment to ensure health care services are delivered to all indigenes across the State.
He said “there are 684 health facilities across the 33 Local Government Areas of the State offering free T.B services with 16 gen-expert machines and Six T.B lamp machines across the State where Tuberculosis testing diagnosis and treatment can be addressed”.
He continued “Nigeria ranks 6th among the 30th highest T.B burden countries and first in Africa in year 2022, a total of 11, 474 were diagnosed with T.B and placed on treatment, this shows that the burden of T.B is high, this calls for awareness creation, case finding by conducting free test and placing those positive on free treatment to end scourge of the disease in Oyo State.”
Adeyanju maintained further that the most common symptoms of tuberculosis include persistent cough lasting for weeks or more which according to him may be accompanied by fever, night sweat, weight loss and chest pain, saying they should avail themselves with free tests and receive treatment immediately.
In his remarks, the Chairman, Park Management System, Ojoo Bus Terminal, Alhaji Wasiu Azees appreciated the State Government for giving them the opportunity to benefit from the free Tuberculosis Test in the State.