The hospital wing of the national TB and leprosy Training Centre comprises:
General outpatient department (GOPD);
Laboratory (TB bacteriology and HIV serology;
X ray unit;
7 Wards with 140 beds; and
The TB Clinic:
The TB clinic may be synonymous with GOPD. The GOPD provides integrated management for TB, HIV/AIDS, TB/HIV and Leprosy according to the principle of “one patient-two diseases”. In this model, TB-infection control is a challenge therefore it receives adequate attention. New individuals who are first time attendees and without cough are separated from “coughers” to prevent transmission of Tuberculosis within the health facility.
Services provided at the GOPD are:
Counselling for TB and HIV;
Testing for HIV on opt-out basis;
Clinical examination and care;
Treatment of TB;
HIV treatment and care;
Follow-up of TB patients and PLWHA; and
Dermatological care (some of which sometimes tests sero-positive).
It is important to note that sputum collection is not done in the GOPD. Patients are instructed to go the adjacent laboratory block (30 metres away) to submit specimen. For those who test sero-positive for HIV in the GOPD, they are also asked to go to the laboratory for confirmatory tests, CD4 count and other investigations which will enable them to commence treatment if they are eligible for ART.
The laboratory has two wings (Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS). The below are the services provided:
TB Bacteriology (Light, Fluorescent - microscopes , PCR, TB Culture);
HIV Serology (Rapid, Automated CD4 Machine).
This unit provides digital radiography. This is characterised with instant results and also supports telemedicine.
The hospital has 7 wards with 140 beds. It serves patients that require admissions especially very sick TB, TB/HIV patients, leprosy patients with ulcers or and in reaction.
This unit is highly equipped for patients that require the service, most especially leprosy patients.
The centre serves mainly the northern part of the country most especially Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara, Niger, Kano states as well as the FCT. However, patient from outside these states do receive treatment here occasionally.
Referral is both ways. The centre receives patients from far and wide. Most patients come directly from home (self-referral), while others are referred from the surrounding State TB and Leprosy Control Programmes. Patients are referred to facilities close to their home as soon as diagnosis is confirmed and treatment initiated. Exceptions are those living with HIV/AIDS and are also co-infected. They are usually admitted to the wards due to the severity of their conditions. These are however discharged and referred to facilities within their localities as soon as they are clinically stable.