By Nwafor Sunday
The current Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, and former Minister of Environment in Nigeria, Amina J. Mohammed, has said that Tuberculosis kills 5,000 people everyday. She made this known to newsmen on the world Tuberculosis’s day yesterday 24th March 2017.
Recall on 11th March 2017 Amina stated her job description as “to build a world where every girl and boy has the tools and support to make their dreams a reality.” In the bid to fulfilling this, Amina urged good people and governments to pledge their support in providing care, end stigma and leave no one behind.
Minister of Environment, Amina J. Mohammed, driving the solar-powered tricycle alongside the Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Usman Jibril, Minister for Niger-Delta and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Dr Bukar Hassan at the recently held 10th National Council on Environment in Lafia, Nasarawa State. Seated beside Mohammed is Arthur Okeyika.
Similarly, the World Health Organisation, WHO, has reiterated its commitment in fighting against Tuberculosis. WHO reported that Tuberculosis is a leading killer of HIV positive people. In 2015 35% of HIV death was due to TB. WHO equally stated that TB is among the top ten causes of death. Report shows that 1.8 million people died from TB in 2015 including 400,000 with HIV plus TB. TB WHO said is preventable and curable. On the ethical obligation of governments to provide Tuberculosis care for free, WHO said that governments have an ethical obligation to provide a universal access to TB care according to the international standards including the provision of social support as a critical part of that care. This is grounded in their duty to promote the common good and fulfill the human right to health, WHO said.