Mrs Aisha Buhari, on Thursday called on the relevant stakeholders across the globe to make strategic partnership towards finding lasting solutions to the spread of Tuberculosis in Africa.
The wife of the president has been appointed as the UN Special Ambassador to end TB in recognition of her selfless services to health Advocacy in Nigeria.
“When I accepted to serve as a TB Champion, I believe there is something I can contribute and I believe there is something every one of us can do to end this epidemic.
“As a global TB Champion and Ambassador, I am committed to work with Stop TB partnership, and other stakeholders such as World Health Organization, especially other First Ladies in Africa and the world to end TB.
Mrs Buahri expressed dismay that a curable and preventable disease such as tuberculosis became one of the most infectious killer diseases.
“ How did we get to the stage where in one year, about 1.7 million people still die needlessly, including over 250,000 children?.
“Unfortunately Over 95 per cent of TB deaths also occurs in low and middle-income countries, especially in Africa’’ she said.
She commended the World Health Organization (WHO) and other relevant stakeholders for the success recorded in the fight against Polio, HIV and Ebola diseases.
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