The Executive Director of Stop TB Partnership in Geneva, Switzerland, Dr. Lucica Ditiu, has identified funding as a key challenge in the war against tuberculosis in Nigeria.

In a meeting with the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, the executive director said Nigeria needs to close the huge financial gap for tuberculosis and improve diagnostics through priority funding from state governments.

“The increase in DR-TB infections is becoming a problem of community transmission, TB in children is increasing, there is a need for more TB representatives on the CCM.

“And Nigeria must have an online live data platform where progress can be monitored centrally,” she noted.

dr. However, Lucia praised Nigeria for the progress made in the past 2 years.

The executive director who in any way pledged the support of the Stop TB Partnership shared the experience of other countries, especially about the World Bank loan to increase funding for TB.

However, she urged the Nigerian government to make office housing a priority so that the Global Fund’s funding would be reserved exclusively for programmatic use.

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For his part, the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, recognizing that TB needed more support, to work with the Ministry of Finance, the Parliament and also the Secretary of the Government of the Federation.

“We will explore all avenues to see how more resources can be mobilized for the fight against TB,” he promised.

Minister who praised Stop TB Partnership and said the ministry had also partnered with the private sector to improve TB testing in the country.

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