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Tuberculosis in Nigeria

20 July, 2019

(with thanks to Nigeria Health Watch)

Extracts below. Read online: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/07/for-170000-nigerians-to-die-from-tb-...

For 170,000 Nigerians to die from TB disease yearly, is unacceptable

Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, has decried the high rate of tuberculosis (TB) case detection and treatment in Nigeria, saying it is unacceptable that over 170,000 people die yearly from the disease across the country... According to her, “Over 600,000 people become infected with TB in Nigeria every year. It is projected that up to 60,000 of those new cases affect children.

“It is also not acceptable that Nigeria is having one of the lowest TB case detection rates in the world..."

The Chairman, Stop TB Partnership Nigeria, Prof. Lovett Lawson, lamented that Nigeria’s TB case notifications have stagnated for over past five years. He said, “To reverse this trend and see that Nigeria joins other nations in moving towards the 2035 global TB control targets, we must all join hands in any way to create awareness about TB, devise better ways of improving access to care and bring on board stakeholders to address the $310 funding gaps.”

USAID project develops mobile app for TB detection In a related development, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has funded the building of a mobile application that will help health workers diagnose and report TB cases to the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Program (NTBLCP)...

Best wishes, Neil

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