Nigeria Commits to Tuberculosis Eradication, Urges Global Support

A volunteer in South Africa promoting awareness that Tuberculosis is curable.
27 September 2018

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday restated Nigeria's commitment towards the eradication of tuberculosis in the near future.

Addressing a high level meeting on the theme, "United Against Tuberculosis: Global Action Against Global Threat" on the sidelines of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the president expressed delight that the landmark event was taking place "at a period when the pain of the disease and its dire consequences on the health and socio-economic development of many developing countries are on the rise."

Welcoming the adoption of what he termed "the all-important political declaration on: "United to End Tuberculosis: An Urgent Global Response to a Global Epidemic," Buhari noted that it was the first global forum with dedicated focus on the pandemic.

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Acknowledging that "TB has become a global challenge that requires consistent and an all-inclusive global strategy based on research and discovery of new drugs," the Nigerian leader stressed that "such efforts must also include mobilisation of funds and global partnership of relevant stakeholders working together to frontally address the scourge."

According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina in Abuja, the president noted that the task before world leaders "is to initiate a global response towards eradicating the disease especially in developing countries, where counter-measures are sometimes beyond the capacity of the nations."

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