Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, on Thursday 8th March, 2018 says that there are about 10.4 million cases of tuberculosis worldwide. This, he stated at the commissioning of projects at the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Training Centre, Zaria, Kaduna State.
Dr. Ehanire said “TB is today still a serious public health problem in many parts of the world, causing the death of nearly one-and-half million people yearly, mostly in developing countries. The 2017 WHO global TB report tells us that there are an estimated 10.4million new TB cases worldwide, of which 5.9million (56%) are men and 3.5 million (34%) are women with 1 million (10%) being children”.
“Nigeria is among the six countries accounting for 605 of new cases globally. Nigeria also ranks 4th among the 30 highest TB burden countries in the world and first in Africa. The impact of this terrible disease is worsened unfortunately by the deleterious effect of the interaction between TB and HIV in a patient”.
He described TB as the most common life-threatening disease and number one killer among People living with HIV (PLHIV). He lamented that the emergency of a drug-resistant type of TB which challenges TB control in Nigeria had compounded the problem.
However, the minister assured that the present administration through the Federal Ministry of Health and in collaboration with development partners was taking bold steps to check TB in Nigeria.