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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 61  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 37-41

Challenges of tuberculosis control in Lagos state, Nigeria: A qualitative study of health-care providers' perspectives

1 Department of Community Health and Primary Health Care, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria
2 Department of Community Medicine and Primary Care, Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu, Ogun State, Nigeria
3 KNCV TB Foundation Nigeria/Challenge TB Project, Lagos, Nigeria

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Dr. Olusola Adedeji Adejumo
Department of Community Medicine and Primary Care, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, Lagos State
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/nmj.NMJ_108_19

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Background: Tuberculosis (TB) burden in Nigeria is a reflection of the challenges of TB control strategy in the country. This study explored the challenges encountered by the health workers in public and private TB treatment centers in Lagos, Nigeria. Methods: In-depth interviews were held with 34 health workers providing TB services in private and public health facilities and the Lagos state Program Officer between October 1, 2016 and January 31, 2017. The transcripts were read severally and coded for qualitative data analysis. Themes were developed from coding. Results: Insufficient or lack of funds to track patients lost to follow-up, conduct home visits, collect drugs from the central stores, and shortage of laboratory reagents were some of the logistical challenges encountered by the health workers. There was shortage of health workers and some were yet to be trained resulting in work overload. This was situation aggravated by the frequent redeployment and health worker attrition in the public and private sector respectively. Conclusion: The government need be proactive and show leadership by finding lasting solutions to the logistical and human resource challenges facing the LAgos State TB and Leprosy Program.

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