Over 2000 tuberculosis patients are currently receiving treatment at various Directly-Observed Therapy (DOT) centres in Anambra State, the state commissioner for Health, Dr. Joe Akabuike revealed yesterday.
Akabuike expressed worry that Nigeria is the highest burden of the disease in Africa, and the fourth highest among the 22 high burden countries with an annual incidence of 338 per 100,000, and prevalence of 322 per 100,000 individuals.
The commissioner, who briefed newsmen in his office at Awka, disclosed that Anambra, the FCT and 13 other states contribute to over 75 percent of the total TB burden in Nigeria.
Speaking on the theme: 'Find TB, Treat TB and work Together to Eliminate TB', Akabuike further hinted that 15 drug-resistant cases are presently undergoing treatment in the eight local council areas of the state.
According to him, people leaving with HIV are more likely to suffer TB than people without TB infection, adding that the ailment is curable when detected early.
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