The National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Program (NTBLCP), revealed that Nigeria is among seven countries that account for 67% of total global tuberculosis, TB, burden even as about 302,096 out of 407,000 cases of tuberculosis went undetected in 2017. At a briefing in Abuja yesterday 18th March 2018, ahead of the World TB Day, National Coordinator of NTBLCP, Adebola Lawanson said: “The 2017 WHO Global TB report revealed that Nigeria is among the 10 countries that accounted for 64% of the global gap in TB case finding with India, Indonesia and Nigeria alone accounting for almost half the total gap.  In 2017, Nigeria notified a total of 104,904 TB cases which is 26% of the estimated 407,000 TB cases for the country in the same year. This huge gap in TB case finding is much higher among children aged 0 – 14. The Ministry of Health has declared 2018 a year to accelerate findings and notification of TB cases amidst concern that Nigeria is among seven countries that accounted for 67% of the total global burden.

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