The wife of the Lagos State Governor, Joke Sanwoolu today launched 3 mobile chest X-ray vans to support Tuberculosis (TB) screening, active case search & improve TB diagnosis in Lagos Communities.
The mobile x-ray vans which will be moving round the State to provide prompt chest x-ray services & effective diagnosis of TB within the communities were manufactured to specification & adequately equipped to effectively provide on site screening, diagnosis and treatment for TB.
Speaking at launch of the specialized vehicles at Evans Square, Lagos Mainland LG, Joke Sanwoolu said the Mobile X-ray vans were acquired by Lagos state government in furtherance of its determination to explore innovative, efficient & latest practices in health care service delivery.
She disclosed that the state government has also acquired 18 State-of-the-art X-ray machines evenly situated in 18 selected health care facilities across the State for TB Chest X-ray screening adding that citizens can go to any one of the facilities and get screened for TB, free of charge.
“It is hoped that the introduction of this Chest X-ray screening will bridge the gap of inadequate logistics for TB diagnosis, improve childhood TB diagnosis and ultimately bring TB diagnosis and care to the door steps of Lagosians”, she said
The First Lady appealed to citizens not to stigmatize anyone suspected of having TB but rather help them seek and access diagnosis and treatment at any of the DOTS centres close to their home.
Speaking earlier, Prof. Akin Abayomi said Lagos state Government is resolute in ensuring that Lagosians are appropriately empowered to become responsible for their health and take all necessary precautions to ensure they are actively involved in the fight against CDs such as TB in the State.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Lagos state ministry of health (LSMOH), Dr. Olusegun Ogboye , the Commissioner stated that it is imperative to prevent and reduce the burden of TB through awareness, early detection and prompt treatment of those affected.
“It is essential for all to know that as a united force, we can tackle the menace of TB, as we have done for other diseases that threatened our wellbeing. I would therefore like to enjoin us to make good use of the mobile x-ray vans whenever they are in our communities ”,he said