National Agency for the Control of AIDS urges stronger collaboration as world marks 2017 tuberculosis day today

The National Agency for the Control of AIDS, NACA, has called on state governments to create stronger collaboration between their programmes for the treatment of Tuberculosis and HIV.

A statement by the agency’s Director General of NACA, Sani Aliyu, made the call to mark the World Tuberculosis Day today.

Aliyu who said TB and HIV pose serious challenges to the Nigerian health sector as well as other similar resource limited settings, added that the federal government was engaging closely with partners to ensure better collaboration at health facilities between TB and HIV programmes and said it was necessary for state governments and other facility level to adequately replicate the successes recorded with TB/HIV collaboration at the national level.

The Director General urged healthcare workers to be aware of the close link between HIV and TB and always exclude co-infection when assessing patients presenting with symptoms compatible with either or both disease conditions.

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