Senator Oluremi Tinubu, the First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, emphasized the importance of raising awareness and preventing Tuberculosis during her speech at the 78th United Nations General Assembly in New York. She reiterated the fundamental belief that every child should have the opportunity to lead a healthy and fulfilling life.
At the event organized by Concordia, the First Lady participated in two separate sessions, one focused on the role of innovation in achieving an AIDS-free generation and the other on health standards and investments to support the eradication of tuberculosis. She underscored the need for Nigeria to intensify advocacy efforts at the national, state, and community levels to combat both tuberculosis and AIDS in children. She expressed concern about the high prevalence rates in Nigeria and emphasized the country’s commitment to addressing these issues.
Senator Oluremi Tinubu highlighted the increased efforts in the healthcare sector under the leadership of President Bola Tinubu’s administration. She called for the wives of governors from across the country to join the campaign for awareness and prevention, particularly at the grassroots level.
Furthermore, Senator Oluremi discussed innovative approaches for HIV prevention, such as educational technology hubs, educational apps, and digital platforms to disseminate accurate information. She stressed the importance of early detection through advanced testing methods and its role in preventing disease progression and transmission. She also advocated for culturally tailored interventions using technology and social media to promote safer sexual and reproductive practices.
The First Lady also took the opportunity to explain Nigeria’s robust program to combat tuberculosis through the National TB and Leprosy Control Program under the Federal Ministry of Health. She highlighted President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda, which prioritizes the restructuring of the healthcare system in Nigeria through improved financing, modern diagnostic equipment, capacity building, healthcare worker training, and transparent governance in the context of TB response and healthcare delivery.
Senator Oluremi emphasized the importance of removing stigmatization associated with TB and encouraged early detection, emphasizing that it is a treatable condition.
The panel discussion also featured insights from other experts, including Dr. Lucica Ditiu and Dr. Jay Rajda, who emphasized the need for sustainable partnerships and increased funding to advance global health standards and support efforts to eradicate tuberculosis. Senator Oluremi Tinubu actively contributed as one of the panelists in this discussion on strategies for enhancing global health standards and financing initiatives to combat tuberculosis effectively.