WHO worried over sale of free TB drug to patients in Rivers

World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed concern over the sale of free tuberculosis (TB) drug to patients in public hospitals in Rivers State.

WHO National Professional Officer in Nigeria, Doctor Michael Jose, who expressed the concern in an interview in Port Harcourt, said it is inhuman to sell such drugs to TB patients.

The TB drug, according to him, are donated by WHO to be administered free to patients in the state.

He explained that the implication of the sale of free TB drug is that TB patients who cannot afford to pay for the drug, will return to their various communities and continue to spread the disease.

The incident was first reported at the 2017 stakeholders meeting on TB held in Port Harcourt.

He said, “There were about 13, 000 missing TB patients in Rivers in 2017 alone.

“In the face of the sale of the drugs, those that could not afford the payment simply went home and may not have come back to the healthcare centres.

“With such patients not treated, the air borne disease will continue to spread in their communities.

“I want to appeal to the culprits to stop the practice. Does it mean that we are no longer our brothers’ keepers?”

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