NTBLCP Commends UPTH Laboratory Services

The National Tuberculosis, Buruli Ulcer and Leprosy Control Programme (NTBLCP) have commended the Laboratory Department of the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital.

The remark was made during a courtesy visit by the centre’s management led by its national coordinator Dr. Chukumma Anyaike. The coordinator stated his visit was to evaluate standards within laboratories across the country.

Dr. Anyaike who described the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital’s laboratories as one of the best in laboratory diagnosis in the country, confirmed the hospital has been picked for the forthcoming national and sub-national survey on tuberculosis–under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Health and her partners.

To aid preparation for a seamless survey on tuberculosis, Dr. Anyaike pleaded with the Management of UPTH, headed by the result oriented CMD—Prof. Henry Ugboma–to assist the centre in addressing some minor challenges noticed during the tour of the laboratories. He stated that these challenges if unmet could increase the already high cases of drug resistant tuberculosis observed in Rivers, Cross Rivers and Bayelsa States. The high cases, the coordinator attributed as a consequence of the growing cases of HIV/Aids in these States.

NTBLCP Team and UPTH Management
NTBLCP team and UPTH management

Also speaking, The Rivers State programme assistant manager, Dr. Ihuma Wali, drew attention to the state of the Tuberculosis Isolation Centre in Aluu. He spoke on the need for upgrade of the facility to help in curbing cases of resistant tuberculosis in the South-south region.

The NTBLCP team commended the UPTH focal persons led by Dr. Datonye Alasia, Sounyo Itoro Imaobong and their team for doing a great job in screening, treatment, tracing and management of persons with tuberculosis in the state.

Responding, the Chief Medical Director UPTH–Prof Henry Ugboma appreciated the visitors, and promised to “put modalities in place to address issues raised by the NTBLCP in two weeks.” The CMD also solicited for support in the area of electricity generation in the hospital.

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