Nigeria, WHO to parter on Non-Communicable Diseases, Tuberculosis

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(From Right): The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; Special Assistant to the President, Office of The Minister, Mr. Segun Adeyemi, and the Coordinator of the Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) Primary Prevention of the World Health Organisation, Dr. Jean-Marie Dangou, when the latter led a High Level Joint United Nations Programming Mission on NCDs and Tuberculosis on a courtesy visit to the Minister in Abuja on Thursday.

(From Right): The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; Special Assistant to the President, Office of The Minister, Mr. Segun Adeyemi, and the Coordinator of the Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) Primary Prevention of the World Health Organisation, Dr. Jean-Marie Dangou, when the latter led a High Level Joint United Nations Programming Mission on NCDs and Tuberculosis on a courtesy visit to the Minister in Abuja on Thursday.

Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Information and Culture is to partner the World Health Organisation (WHO) to sensitize the public on measures aimed at tackling Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and Tuberculosis.

Minister Lai Mohammed stated this while responding to the request of the WHO Coordinator for NCDs Primary Prevention, Dr Jean-Marie Dangou, who led a high-level Joint United Nations Programming Mission on NCDs and Tuberculosis on a courtesy visit to the Minister in Abuja on Monday.The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed
(sixth from right) in a group photograph with
members of the High Level Joint UN Programming Mission on NCDs and
Tuberculosis and the Heads of the Public Information Organs, when the
Mission paid a courtesy visit to the Minister in Abuja on Thursday
Alhaji Mohammed said the ministry was ready and willing to support WHO as part of its contribution to the quest for Universal Health Coverage.
“We understood that you have come, asking for our platforms to use to send out your messages and that is why you can see that all the relevant platforms that the country has are here today. Without being immodest, I think here you are speaking to the converted and we have practical experience,” he said.
The Minister said going by the statistics of deaths caused by NCDs and Tuberculosis in the country, which cut across the young and active population, the ministry was more than willing to partner  WHO on the preventive measures against the diseases.
“What we need from you is the content. We have the platforms but we need the content. In other words, what message do you want to put out there in respect of the non-communicable diseases and tuberculosis.
“You have just told us here that we lose 18 people everyday to tuberculosis and that these people are the youngest and the most active, so we can understand really why this team needs our support and collaboration,” he said.
In his remarks, the WHO Coordinator, Dr. Dangou, said the team was in the country for high-level advocacy, with a view to turning into concrete action the commitment made by President Muhammadu Buhari on the Universal Health Coverage at the United Nations General Assembly.
“The objectives of this mission are to make high level advocacy on tuberculosis and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), following the commitment made by the President and Head of State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria at the UN high level meetings held during the UN General Assembly in New York…with regard to eliminating tuberculosis and also addressing NCDs. So this mission will like to advocate for going from commitment to action,” he said.
While soliciting the support of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Dr. Dangou stressed the need to also mobilize non-state actors in order to galvanize all stakeholders towards achieving Universal Health Coverage.
The Minister was joined at the event by the heads of the ministry’s public information organs, including the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), News Agency of Nigeria and the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN).
(Source: National Accord newspaper )
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