Nigeria ranks 13th among the 22 countries in the world regarded as High Burden Countries (HBCs) where the problem of tuberculosis is still ravaging the population.
The Medical Director of St. Kizito Clinic, Lekki-Lagos, Dr. Alda Gemmani, who disclosed this at the weekend said most of these countries in Africa and South-East Asia accounted for much of the world’s TB burden (approximately 80% of new TB cases each year). HBCs are determined by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Gemmani, who spoke at the donation of a mobile x-ray machine used to diagnose the condition to St. Kizito Clinic by Chevron Nigeria Limited, said it was in realisation of the tuberculosis burden on the country that her clinic started the Directly Observed Treatment (DOTs) at the facility.
She said even though the clinic was established in 1991, the DOTs clinic was set up in 2005 to provide free tuberculosis treatment with the assistance of the Lagos State Ministry of Health and the oil firm.
She commended Chevron for donating the equipment, which she said would facilitate the treatment of the disease condition among the communities in the area.
The medical director noted that the clinic attends to about 250 patients a day on various disease conditions adding that Chevron had intervened in the past to assist the health care facility.
In his speech at the occasion, General Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs of the oil company, Mr. Deji Haastrup stated that the company was happy to have partnered St. Kizito Clinic over the years on health care.
“This partnership led to the donation of a chest clinic to the clinic in 2005 as part of our efforts to combat tuberculosis. CNL has provided the centre with TB-fighting drugs in 2009 as well as an annual donation of N3 million or drugs worth the same amount to support the clinic,” Haastrup said.
Represented by the Manager, PGPA, Mr. Sam Otuonye, he said the company viewed health care as a crucial social service that needs inclusive support, adding: “We have therefore implemented health intervention programmes in the broad areas of malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, mass de-worming of children, river blindness, cancer awareness and primary health care delivery in Lagos State and across Nigeria.”