‘Wellness On Wheels’ To Control TB Spread In Nigeria
The Nigerian government has launched a national campaign, ‘Wellness On Wheels’ (WOW) to control the spread of Tuberculosis (TB) and to increase the case detection rate of the disease.
It was launched on Friday by the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, in Abeokuta in the company of Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun.
The Wellness on Wheels campaign was so named because a mobile diagnostic unit, a 20 feet container, will go round the state to provide medical services to Tuberculosis related cases.
“These mobile TB diagnostic units will improve access to TB services by bringing TB screening and diagnosis to the door steps of clients as a one-stop shop.
“Ultimately, this will ensure early diagnosis and treatment of TB, and contribute to halting the transmission of TB in the community.
“It will also improve the health seeking behaviour of the people through the health messages provided in the course of the campaigns,” Professor Adewole explained.
The fight against Tuberculosis is a global task and the Minister emphasised that the WOW was a collaborative effort between the federal and state governments, donor agencies and relevant persons in the health sector.
Governor Amosun urged officials of the state ministry of health to ensure optimal usage of the truck so as to achieve its set objective.
A detailed result on the progress of the scheme would be made available, he said.
The campaign would be taken to all the citizens of Ogun State across its 20 local government areas and 37 local council development areas.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 20 feet lead container inaugurated by the minister has an X-ray machine and two GeneXpert machines.
The truck also has two separate compartments consisting of the X-ray room for screening and a laboratory for diagnosis of TB.